Let’s stop calling it an achievement gap

How public education in the United States maintains disparate educational experiences for students of color

Edited by:
Autumn A. Arnett
Chance W. Lewis, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

A volume in the series: Contemporary Perspectives on Access, Equity, and Achievement. Editor(s): Chance W. Lewis, University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

While much discussion has centered around the lack of opportunity for students in urban areas, significantly less discussion has taken place around disparities within the same city. In Washington, D.C., for example, where the wealth gap between the city’s highest and lowest earners is greater than in any other place in the country, there is a significant difference in opportunities and public educational offerings afforded to children in the upper Northwest section of the city compared to those East of River.

Organized by city, this book will explore ten cities with the largest income gaps and unpack the dual systems of education therein. A large focus will be placed on identifying strategies that are working in each city to bridge the gap and increase both K-12 achievement and higher ed attainment.