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Closing the Widening Achievement Gap

The gap in educational achievement is growing between rich and poor, according to a new book published by Stanford University’s Center for Educational Policy Analysis. Family income has become a significant factor in predicting children’s academic achievement, says the author Sean F. Reardon.

Merit Online Learning is used both in exclusive private schools and impoverished communities.

Affluent students in earlier grades tend to work with the same programs that older students use in poorer areas.

What matters is that most students eventually master the concepts presented in the programs.

For example, 6th graders in a Los Angeles private school are using the identical program and activities as public high school students in Detroit, and students in both cities are benefiting from using it.

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