Quick Look: Education Gap Grows Between Rich and Poor

"Tectonic" changes in the education gap between low-income and high-income students, according to this New York Times article: "A study that found that the gap in standardized test scores between affluent and low-income students had grown by about 40 percent since the 1960s," and "another study, by researchers from the University of Michigan, [that shows] the imbalance between rich and poor children in college completion — the single most important predictor of success in the work force — has grown by about 50 percent since the late 1980s."

WASHINGTON - Education was historically considered a great equalizer in American society, capable of lifting less advantaged children and improving their chances for success as adults. But a body of recently published scholarship suggests that the achievement gap between rich and poor children is widening, a development that threatens to dilute education's leveling effects.

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