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DC Schools Recognized for Closing the Achievement Gap

The is the first national comparative measure of the achievement gap at the school, city and state levels, and identifies the regions where children from low-income communities are most likely to attend schools with small or nonexistent achievement gaps. Funded by the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and developed in partnership by the foundation, Education Cities and GreatSchools, the EEI features school, city and state-level data covering the nation’s 100 biggest cities in 35 states.

The Education Equality Index identified the top 10 schools in Washington, D.C. with small or nonexistent achievement gaps that serve a student population where the majority of students are from low-income families. Both and were highlighted on that list.

Other key findings from the Education Equality Index include:

  • Washington, D.C.’s EEI score of 48.1 indicates the city’s achievement gap is smaller than in nearly 90 percent of major U.S. cities
  • Washington, D.C.’s achievement gap is smaller than those of Richmond (EEI score of 24.2), Philadelphia (31.2) and Chicago (43.3)
  • The achievement gap grew slightly in recent years, by three percent between 2011 and 2014
  • Four of 10 students from low-income families in Washington, D.C. attend schools that are closing the achievement gap

You can learn more and view the Washington, D.C. EEI profile .

Posted on March 22, 2016 in Awards & Recognition

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