Let’s stop calling it an achievement gap:
How public education in the United States maintains disparate educational experiences for students of color
A new title forthcoming from Information Age Publishing
In partnership with UNC Charlotte Professor Dr. Chance W. Lewis, and as part of his series on Contemporary Perspectives on Access, Equity, and Achievement, I'm conducting a multi-city investigation into the state of public education across the United States.
While much discussion has centered around the lack of opportunity for students in urban areas, significantly less discussion has taken place around disparities within the same city. In Washington, D.C., for example, where the wealth gap between the city’s highest and lowest earners is greater than in any other place in the country, there is a significant difference in opportunities and public educational offerings afforded to children in the upper Northwest section of the city compared to those East of River.
Organized by city, the resulting book will explore 11 cities with the largest income gaps and unpack the dual systems of education therein. A large focus will be placed on identifying strategies that are working in each city to bridge the gap and increase both K-12 achievement and higher ed attainment.