Education Index Identifies 500 Schools where Low Income Students Outpace National Average for More Affluent Peers

Unprecedented analysis of low-income student achievement in large U.S. cities gives reason for both optimism and concern; highlights limitations and potential of state and local data

OAKLAND, Calif., June 20, 2017 – The performance of students from low-income families matches or exceeds that of their more advantaged peers in reading and math at 500 schools identified using the Education Equality Index (EEI), released today. The Index, which aims to create a nationally comparative measure of low-income student achievement, analyzed data for over 55,000 schools nationwide. The public website features the academic performance of students from low-income families in 213 of the 300 largest cities in America, according to school-age population, and which had available data.

Designed through a unique partnership between national nonprofits Education Cities and GreatSchools, whose popular website is used by millions of parents to evaluate schools, the Index identifies schools and cities where students from low-income families are achieving at or above the level of their more advantaged peers.

“The 2017 Education Equality Index helps identify where students from low-income families are on track to succeed, and provides good reason for both optimism and concern,” notes Carrie McPherson Douglass, Managing Partner at Education Cities. “Our goal is to provide researchers, advocates, and policymakers tools to draw national comparisons – and shine a spotlight on schools worthy of additional study.”

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