Achievement Gap
The educational achievement gap—the gap in achievement between racial/ethnic groups and between socioeconomic groups—originates during the early years of a student’s educational journey. Many educators purport that the gap begins as early as infancy and continues into college.

The achievement gap exists for a number of reasons: lack of reading and intellectual stimulation in the home; societal influences like discriminatory economic practices and policies; and institutional influences, such as low-expectations in the classroom and student tracking into low-level coursework. 

In the year 2021, students of color will comprise more than 50 percent of students enrolled in U.S. public schools. As underrepresented student groups become the majority in classrooms across America, ensuring that they have a quality education will help to secure the nation’s economic future. Although student performance has increased over time for all students, the achievement gaps between white and black students and white and Hispanic students— although it has narrowed in some cases—have been relatively steady over the past twenty years. Academic and Community Empowerment will advocate for these underserved student groups by bringing attention to the economic and the civic implications these disparities can have on the nation.