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Transcript of Education Gap
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What Are the Negative Effects of the Education Gap?
How has the education gap affected my community (& me) ?
I am fortunate enough to go to a school that gives me an equal opportunity to go to a four-year college as any other high-income school.
What will Preuss (& I) do to address the achievement gap?
The Achievement Gap
What is it and how are we addressing it?
The “achievement gap” in education refers to the disparity in academic performance between groups of students.
What is the Achievement (or Education) Gap?
How is it
The achievement gap shows up in grades, standardized-test scores, course selection, dropout rates, and college-completion rates, among other success measures.
Students living in poverty
are more likely to be exposed
to factors known
to affect achievement, such as:
Lack of access to:
and decent housing
Teacher expectations (usually based on ethnicity) and student achievement is correlated.
Schools with large minority enrollments, especially urban ones, are less congenial to learning than others because:
They have more teachers who are inexperienced, poorly trained, and uncertified;
that are outdated and fewer computers;
Larger class sizes
and buildings that are in worse repair
and more marked by violence.
Teacher expectation & Socioeconomic Status
"Lacking a high school diploma, these individuals will be far more likely than graduates to spend their lives periodically unemployed, on government assistance, or cycling in and out of the prison system."
-Alliance for Excellent Education
The average annual income for a high school dropout in 2009 was $19,540, compared to $27,380 for a high school graduate, a difference of $7,840
Data from the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics: Unemployment rate for
high school dropouts
in August 2011 - four years after the start of the recession - was
, compared to
high school graduates
for students with
for students with
bachelor's degree or higher
Why should we care about high school dropouts?
"California’s economy would likely accrue an additional $21 billion over the lifetimes of just one year’s worth of dropouts if those students had graduated."
To the entire U.S
"Unless high schools are able to graduate their students at higher rates, nearly 12 million students will likely drop out over the next decade, resulting in a loss to the nation of $1.5 trillion."
Kids that live in my community (Chula Vista) are less fortunate. They cannot afford to live near and attend top-of-the-line schools such as La Jolla Country Day and Scripps Ranch High School...
...and are instead forced to attend lower-end, local schools which more often than not are less suitable for learning than other schools and are less likely to prepare their students for college.
Preuss is helping to close the education gap by giving special opportunities to students from low income backgrounds.
Preuss prepares us to be "competitively eligible for UC's and other similarly selective four year colleges and institutions of higher learning."
They do so by offering tutor-assisted teaching, college level courses, extensive use of technology, smaller class sizes and a smaller, friendly environment and student community.
I show my own determination to close the achievement gap simply by going to this school. I chose to commute for one-and-a-half hours every day just to be a part of this school where I receive an education greater than I or the rest of my family could have ever hoped for. I will not take this great opportunity for granted and I will hopefully one day graduate from this school and continue my education in an excellent four-year college.
Class of 2012