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Closing the Opportunity Gap: What America Must Do to Give Every Child an Even Chance

Prudence L. Carter and Kevin G. Welner

Abstract

While the achievement gap has dominated policy discussions over the past two decades, relatively little attention has been paid to a gap that is even more at odds with American ideals: the opportunity gap. Opportunity and achievement, while inextricably connected, are very different goals. Every American will not go to college. But every American should be given fair opportunities to be prepared for college. By treating opportunity as an afterthought and obsessively focusing on measuring achievement, the nation’s policymakers have made little progress in measuring or addressing inequitable opp ... More

Keywords: Opportunity gap, achievement differences, educational policy, inequality, race, class

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199982981
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199982981.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Prudence L. Carter, editor
Stanford University

Kevin G. Welner, editor
University of Colorado Boulder