Data: The Opportunity Gap

The achievement gap between White students and Black and Latino students is directly correlated to the “opportunity gap" in access to quality schools and the resources needed for academic success—such as early childhood education, highly prepared and effective teachers, college preparatory curricula, and equitable instructional resources. A recent report by the Schott Foundation for Public Education reviewed achievement and equity data and concluded that historically disadvantaged groups have just a 51 percent “opportunity to learn” nationally when compared to White, non-Latino students.

The data is even more disturbing when we analyze each state’s ability to provide a high-quality, high-equity public education to all students. Only eight states – Idaho, Maine, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Oregon, Washington, Vermont, and Virginia – can be identified as providing a high-quality and high-equity education for all students. Sixteen states currently provide a proficient education, but demonstrated low equity when it comes to providing that education to historically disadvantaged students. Seventeen states offer a high-access, but low-quality education to their students, based on assessment data.  And nine states and the District of Columbia offer a low-quality, low-equity public education to their students.

Related Resource

Read more of this data in the OTL 50 State Report.