What's the Achievement Gap

Students from low-income families in Connecticut are not being educated to the same level as their more affluent peers, even when they are in the same schools. That’s a reality that negatively affects all of us.

The achievement gap is the difference in academic performance between Connecticut’s low-income and minority students and their peers. Connecticut has one of the worst gaps in the country, largely because our low-income students perform in the bottom third of the nation.

But the achievement gap is fixable. Even though we have the widest gap in the nation, we are now implementing changes system-wide that will help students to overcome barriers to their learning. In fact, some schools in Connecticut are well on their way to closing their achievement gaps.