This article sums up the 2011 findings of Sean Reardon, Standford University professor of Education, and his research on the widening gap of academic achievement between the rich and poor. One of the most striking findings is that now it is socioeconomic status that divides the country’s achievement, over-reaching the previous predictor of the racial divide. Reardon suggests greater efforts in early childhood education to help close the achievement gap. You can find Reardon’s full report here.
The gap in test scores between rich and poor students has grown steadily since the 1960s and is now nearly twice as large as the black-white achievement gap, according to Stanford research.