The Academic Achievement Gap

The “Academic Achievement Gap” refers to the disparity in academic performance between groups of students. It’s most often used to describe the performance gaps that exists between students from low-income families and those who are better off.

A lack of access to quality early learning programs and summer enrichment opportunities are key contributors to the Academic Achievement Gap.

Kids from low-income families who lack the resources for quality early education programs often start school unprepared, falling behind their peers at the beginning of their academic careers. This problem only deepens when they lack access to summer learning and enrichment opportunities, causing the gap in learning to widen over time. The negative impact of the achievement gap becomes evident in students’ grades, standardized-test scores, low graduation and college attainment rates.

How the Lancaster Family YMCA is
Closing the Academic Achievement Gap