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Closing the achievement gap

Experts across the University of Minnesota are working on ways to make sure all children succeed

What is the achievement gap?

The “achievement gap” is usually defined as gaps in academic test scores and high school graduation rates between white students and students of color. Gaps persist through college enrollment and graduation, job opportunities, income, health, and more.

Infographic showing Minnesota's on-time graduation rates

Infographic showing Minnesota's ranking among the 50 states for 2015 fourth- and eighth-grade national math tests

What is the U doing about it?

In President Eric Kaler’s first “State of the U” address after taking office in 2011, he called on the U to be a leader in achieving educational equity. Here’s what’s happened since.

In 2013, a gift from Carmen and Jim Campbell established the Campbell Leadership Chair, held by Michael Rodriguez, to promote University-wide collaboration in finding interdisciplinary solutions to achievement gaps.

The Educational Equity Resource Center provides access to experts and programs across the U’s campuses.

The College of Education and Human Development is pioneering ways to better prepare teachers, such as giving undergrads hands-on teaching experience in diverse settings early in their degree program.

The U’s College Readiness Consortium created Ramp-Up to Readiness, an advisory program designed to help all students achieve postsecondary success.

Researchers at the U are studying how gaps in preschool development persist throughout a child’s education—and developing tools to better prepare early childhood educators.

The 2016 Educational Equity in Action conference—the first-ever U of M convening of Minnesota's education leaders, researchers, policy makers, and non-profit organizations committed to improving educational equity—took place in June 2016.