Education Cities Releases the First National Comparative Measure of the Achievement Gap

The Education Equality Index Identifies How Equitably Schools, Cities and States Serve Students from Low-Income Families Compared to their More Advantaged Peers

WASHINGTON — In most major U.S. cities, the achievement gap between students from low-income families and their more advantaged peers stagnated or grew between 2011 and 2014 according to the Education Equality Index (EEI), a first-of-its-kind tool measuring the achievement gap released today. However, according to the EEI, in 90 percent of major U.S. cities, there are individual schools that are closing or have closed the achievement gap suggesting that greater equality is achievable.

Funded by the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and developed in partnership by the foundation, Education Cities, and GreatSchools, the EEI features school, city, and state-level data covering the nation’s 100 largest cities in 35 states. The EEI also names up to 10 schools in every major U.S. city with the smallest achievement gaps that serve a student population where the majority are from low-income families.

“Equality of opportunity is an American ideal,” said Ethan Gray, Founder and CEO of Education Cities. “The Education Equality Index shows that while we, as a nation, have a long way to go to ensure our most vulnerable children have the opportunities they need to thrive, there are schools in almost every city proving that equality is possible.”

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