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The Gap Between Rich and Poor Grows

May 30, 2012

Stanford professor Sean Reardon talks about his new study showing a widening of the educational achievement gap between high-income and low-income students.

CEPA Publications

In this chapter I examine whether and how the relationship between family socioeconomic characteristics and academic achievement has changed during the last fifty years. In particular, I investigate the extent to which the rising income inequality of the last four decades has been paralleled by a similar increase in the income achievement gradient. As the income gap between high- and low-income families has widened, has the achievement gap between children in high- and low-income families also widened?