High-performing, low-income kids who “match” to a selective college graduate at the same rate as their high-income peers.
Overall, high-performing, low-income students are less likely to complete college than even their low-achieving, high-income peers.
Ages and Stages
Proficiency vs. Advanced Learning
While a great deal of attention and resources have been focused on the achievement gap among students, which measures basic proficiency in subjects like math and reading, almost none have been devoted to the Excellence Gap at the highest achievement levels.
Policymakers increasingly see the relationship between connecting very smart, low-income students to brighter futures as a force for the vibrancy of our economy, our nation’s future prosperity, the strength of our global competitiveness, and improving the social mobility of America’s lower-income families. Unleashing the potential of millions of bright young Americans will shape our nation for generations to come.