FAQ: What is an achievement gap?

An achievement gap is any significant and persistent disparity in academic performance or educational attainment between different groups of students.

Achievement gaps are a result of opportunity gaps.

Opportunity gaps are ways in which race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, English proficiency, community wealth, familial situations, or other factors contribute to or perpetuate lower educational aspirations, achievement, and attainment for certain groups of students.