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The opportunity gap is the unconscionable disparity in access to the quality educational resources needed for all children to be academically successful. Students from historically disadvantaged families have just a 51 percent Opportunity to Learn compared to White, non-Latino students. Closing this opportunity gap is essential to closing the academic achievement gaps that separate most Black and Hispanic students from their White and Asian peers.
Opportunity Gap Toolkit
An overview of the opportunity gap, including talking points, key data, resources, and key organizations. Click here to download the full PDF, or view individual sections of the toolkit on the right.
Carol Miller Lieber Educators for Social Responsibility, Jul 2014
Personal Opportunity Plans: Conditions and Considerations for Effective Development and Implementation of Personal Opportunity Plans by the Commonwealth, Districts, and Schools Click here to download the 3-page Executive Summary. This report contributes to the movement to shift from standards-based to supports-based reform that provides necessary resources so that every student has the opportunity to learn, succeed in school, and craft a productive future with the support of counselors, teachers, and personal advocates.
Opportunity to Learn Campaign, Apr 2014
School boards play a key role in setting the vision and tone for their local school systems. This guide can serve as a blueprint for board members who wish to create a better-coordinated system of "whole-child" supports for children and their families. Included in the document are guiding questions to help school board members assess current district partnerships and determine what new efforts and capacities might better support their students. The guide also highlights districts around the country who use the "community school" model as one strategy to deliver these needed supports. These districts show the different paths taken to build comprehensive education systems and can serve as models for community partnerships in other states and districts.
Blog Posts on Opportunity Gap
The Schott Foundation for Public Education has released "Black Lives Matter," the 2015 installment of its biennial 50 State Report on Public Education and Black Males. The report's latest estimates for national public high school graduation rates are 59 percent for Black male students, 65 percent for Latino males, and 80 percent for White, non-Latino males.Read more>
As part of its annual Condition of Education in the Commonwealth report, the Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy has outlined three ways Massachusetts can build on its already strong education system to better prepare students for school, support them while they're there, and help them make the transition to college or a career.Read more>
A new report from the Southern Education Foundation looks at the increasing number of children who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch (a proxy for student poverty rates) and what that means for our nation's schools.Read more>
Education Opportunity for All
"The nation recognizes its social, civic and economic strength is directly linked to the strength of its public schools. But if every child is to have an opportunity for success, every student must have a true Opportunity to Learn."