Guest Post: K-12 Opportunity Gaps and Out-of-School Factors
With President Obama focusing on the struggles of the middle class -- and those working to reach it -- in a speech at Knox College on Wednesday, it seems like a good time to catch up on a valuable discussion on the opportunity gap which took place at EWA's 66th National Seminar. We asked some of the education reporters who joined us at Stanford University in May to contribute blog posts from the sessions. Today's guest blogger is Rebecca Catalanello of The Lensin New Orleans. Stream sessions from National Seminar in your browser, or subscribe via RSS or iTunes. For more on demographics and diversity, visit EWA's Story Starters online resource.
Over the past decade, American education policy makers have focused significant attention on the gaps in achievement between black and white students, and economically advantaged and disadvantaged ones.
But the researchers who composed one panel discussion at EWA's annual seminar pressed the notion that gaps between student groups is a multidimensional issue