David Snyder

New research traces roots of achievement gap

Research continues to show the importance of early childhood education in reducing achievement gaps. In June, new results from a study of New Jersey's Abbott Preschool Program reported gains in literacy, language, and math skills and less grade retention among students who participated. But another study suggests high-quality preK may only be part of the early childhood equation.

Ed Week's Inside Education Research blog points out Child Trends's new findings, which identified cognitive, social-emotional, and health outcome gaps among children as young as nine months, with low income and low maternal education being the factors most strongly associated with the gaps.

If these gaps begin long before even preK programs begin, how can schools and communities work most effectively to support children and families in narrowing them?

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