Equity-Driven • Data-Centered • Student-Focused
Raising Achievement and Closing Gaps: K-12 and Beyond
All students need access to a high-quality, rigorous K-12 education to prepare for the opportunities and demands of the world outside of school doors. But too many young people — disproportionately African American, Latino, and Native students and students from low-income families — are getting an education that falls far short.
To help change these inequitable patterns and raise achievement for all students, we work alongside educators, advocates, and policymakers to identify causes of the achievement gap and to promote the practices and policies that will help close it.
Our work is anchored around these key issues:
Inequities in funding are foundational to all sorts of other inequities in our schools. Yet as a nation, we continue to spend less on educating our low-income students and students of color — the very students who could benefit most from additional support in their schools.Learn More
These schools serving low-income students and students of color prove that it is possible to get all students to high levels of achievement—it’s being done.
Learn about our work to identify, honor, and draw critical lessons from such schools and share those lessons with the field.Learn More
Reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act provide a real opportunity to create legislation that serves all groups of children equitably. Done right, a new law will keep federal, state, and local leaders honest about efforts to educate all children to high levels, especially students of color and those from low-income households. If not constructed thoughtfully, the law could hurt children.Learn More
If teachers are the most important in-school factor for student achievement, school leaders are a close second. We want to ensure that low-income students and students of color get the effective, well-supported teachers and school leaders they need and deserve.Learn More
To truly understand patterns of opportunity and achievement in America’s schools, we need to understand the stories behind the numbers. To do this, we spend time listening to and learning from the people who live these experiences every day — the students.Learn More