Opportunity/Achievement Gap

Education news, analysis, and opinion about academic performance differences based on socioeconomic status, race, gender, or other factors
Education Week opinion letters submissions
Gwen Keraval for Education Week
Science Opinion Let’s Mobilize Our Youth to Address the STEM Achievement Gap
Youth can play a role in addressing the STEM achievement gap, too, writes a high school student in this letter to the editor.
January 31, 2023
1 min read
Photo of two boys handling model of atom.
E+ / Getty
Science Racial Disparities in STEM Start as Early as Kindergarten, New Study Finds
Socioeconomic factors and school environment explain some of the disparities, but not all of them.
Sarah Schwartz, January 19, 2023
3 min read
Equity & Diversity K-12 Essentials Forum Education Equity: Where We Go From Here
Join us for this event with educators and experts on the current state of equity and what comes next.
January 19, 2023
v42 16 sr equity cover intro 112322
Illustration by Chris Whetzel for Education Week
Equity & Diversity Schools Trying to Prioritize Equity Have Their Work Cut Out for Them, Survey Shows
The pandemic exacerbated pre-existing inequities in education. Practitioners and researchers offer advice on how to move forward.
Ileana Najarro, November 28, 2022
5 min read
Illustration of a seamless background of laptops, each surrounded by a brick wall.
DigitalVision Vectors
Science 3 Big Challenges to Expanding Computer Science Classes and How to Overcome Them
Districts struggle to find teachers, keep up with a fast-changing field, and address racial and gender disparities in course enrollment.
Alyson Klein, October 12, 2022
4 min read
conceptual image of a young person walking a trendline
Data Opinion Standardized Tests Aren't the Only Meaningful Data on Student Achievement
"Street data" may be a better pathway to education equity. Here's what that means.
Shane Safir, September 19, 2022
5 min read
Conceptual illustration
Adolfo Valle for Education Week
Equity & Diversity Reported Essay When Did Equity Become a 'Trigger' Word?
Education equity may be inscribed in federal law, but that doesn't mean everyone agrees on what it means.
Stephen Sawchuk, September 6, 2022
12 min read
Image of a test sheet.
Chainarong Prasertthai/iStock/Getty
Student Achievement Digging Deeper Into the Stark Declines on NAEP: 5 Things to Know
What the national assessment can—and can’t—illuminate about the effects of the past two pandemic years.
Sarah Schwartz, September 2, 2022
9 min read
Mathematics Spotlight Spotlight on Closing the Math Achievement Gap
This Spotlight will help you learn how to support students suffering from math anxiety, gain insights into early math supports, and more.
September 1, 2022
Tight crop of a student holding a pencil doing classwork or taking a test.
iStock/Getty Images Plus
Student Achievement Students' Math and Reading Plummet, Erasing Years of Gains, National Assessment Finds
It's a perfect storm of bad news: Student achievement plummeted, and the declines were greatest among the most vulnerable students.
Sarah Schwartz, September 1, 2022
4 min read
Rear view of elementary age students seated at their desks facing mid 40s Black teacher standing at chalkboard with focus on foreground boys.
Teaching Some Students Are Routinely Denied Challenging Work. The Pandemic Made That Worse
An increase in the use of lower-level reading passages threatens to exacerbate academic gaps.
Sarah Schwartz, August 16, 2022
4 min read
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
English-Language Learners Sponsor
Address the EL Opportunity Gap with Assessment
Supporting the needs of English learners (ELs) is highly complex and diverse
Content provided by Illuminate Education
Image of a bank of computers in a library.
Assessment The 'Nation's Report Card' Is Getting an Overhaul: 5 Things to Know
The leaders of NAEP have big plans for making the test more nimble, flexible, and useful.
Stephen Sawchuk, March 22, 2022
9 min read
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Teaching Webinar
Acceleration: The Path to Closing the Achievement Gap
Explore specific, practical acceleration strategies you can use to help students access grade and course level learning and close the achievement gap quickly.
Content provided by Solution Tree