The Academic Achievement Gap Between The Rich And Poor Is Double The Gap Between Whites And Blacks

Think Progress

November 22, 2011


A new report from Stanford University’s Center for Education Policy Analysis shows yet another way that America’s rising income inequality harms society. The report finds that the academic achievement gap — the gap in academic performance among students — is actually almost twice as wide between students from poor families and students from wealthy families as it is between black students and white students. Not only does researcher Sean Reardon, who authored the report, find that the achievement gap between the rich and poor is far greater than whites and blacks, but he shows that this is actually a reversal from 50 years ago, where the racial gap was much larger than the income gap.
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