Hidden Inequities

An Education Week Analysis


It’s no secret that many students of color, low-income students, and students with disabilities often lag behind their classmates in school. The mechanisms and circumstances that create or widen the divides between academic haves and have nots can be harder to see. This six-month series, conducted in collaboration with the Education Week Research Center, highlights some of the unseen disparities that contribute to achievement gaps among students across the nation.








The Hard Work of Creating Schools for Everybody
Access to Advanced Academics

The Hard Work of Creating Schools 'for Everybody'

March 22, 2017

An Illinois high school’s overall success in persuading more students to take Advanced Placement classes masks some hard-to-erase disparities in those top-level academic classes.







Do Private Donations Reinforce School Disparities?
Community Supports & Parents

Do Private Donations Reinforce School Disparities?

April 19, 2017

An Education Week analysis of three neighboring Wis. districts shows how private dollars help shape differences in public schools.



How Parents Widen—or Shrink—Academic Gaps
Community Supports & Parents

How Parents Widen—or Shrink—Academic Gaps

April 19, 2017

Middle-class parents are more adept than low-income families at navigating the social networks that link their children to school opportunities.



Hidden Inequities: How Differences in Parents’ Income Play Out in Schools
Community Supports & Parents

Hidden Inequities: How Differences in Parents’ Income Play Out in Schools

April 25, 2017

Parents who earn $75,000 a year are more apt to volunteer in school, attend school meetings, or move to a better school, EdWeek’s analysis finds.







70,000 Students With Disabilities Secluded, Restrained in School
Special Education

70,000 Students With Disabilities Secluded, Restrained in School

May 17, 2017

An Education Week Research Center analysis finds that 1 out of 100 special education students was physically restrained or placed in seclusion from classmates in 2013-14.








Student Mobility: A Black Box for Scholars, Schools
Disrupted Schooling

Student Mobility: A Black Box for Scholars, Schools

June 7, 2017

Federal law now requires schools to keep better track of three groups that move often—military, foster-care, and homeless students.



When a Community Loses Its Schools
Disrupted Schooling

When a Community Loses Its Schools

June 7, 2017

School closures often affect poor students, African-American students, and rural communities like Hughes, Ark.





Vol. 36, Issue 25