Closing achievement gaps between affluent and low-income students is a higher priority for Americans than closing racial achievement gaps, according to a new study published in Educational Researcher.
Almost two-thirds of those surveyed say it is “essential or a high priority” to close the test score gap between poor and wealthy students. Roughly one-third say the same about the gap between black and white students or Hispanic and white students.
Black respondents also said the wealth gap was more important.
Black fourth graders are narrowing the achievement gap in reading and math and Hispanic eighth graders in math, compared to 1992, according to a new National Center for Education Statistics report on education trends by race and ethnicity. However, the reading gap has widened for black 12th graders and there’s been no progress in math for black and Hispanic 12th graders.
Eighty-three percent of Asian-American children, 73 percent of whites, 57 percent of Hispanics and only 32 percent of African-Americans live with married parents.