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Indianapolis' achievement gap

Access to High-Quality Schools | 03/22/2016

Kate Shepherd Marketing & Communications Director

Kate Shepherd is the Marketing & Communications Director for Stand for Children Indiana.

A new report out today from the Education Equality Index (EEI) shows the achievement gap between students from low-income families and their more advantaged peers in Indianapolis is larger than 70 percent of the nation's 100 largest cities, including New York, Los Angeles and Washington, DC.

The Education Equality Index is the first national comparative measure of the achievement gap at the school, city and state levels, and identifies the regions where children from low-income communities are most likely to attend schools with small or nonexistent achievement gaps. Funded by the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and developed in partnership by the foundation, Education Cities and GreatSchools, the EEI features school, city and state-level data covering the nation's 100 largest cities in 35 states.

On the plus side, Indianapolis' achievement gap narrowed by 10 percent between 2011 and 2014, making it just one of 44 major cities where the gap shrunk in that time. The Education Equality Index also identifies the top 10 schools in Indianapolis with small or nonexistent achievement gaps that serve a student population where the majority are from low-income families.

Key findings from the Education Equality Index include:

  • Indiana earns an EEI score of 35.5, indicating the state's achievement gap is smaller than the national average and ranks 15th out of 35 states for which data is available.
  • Between 2011 and 2014, the achievement gap narrowed by seven percent in Indiana, a pace quicker than 80 percent of states for which data is available.
  • Indianapolis earns an EEI score of 28.9, indicating it has the 67th largest achievement gap of the 100 cities for which data is available.
  • Between 2011 and 2014, the achievement gap narrowed by 10 percent in Indianapolis, a pace quicker than 80 percent of cities for which data is available.
  • Fewer than one in 10 students from low-income families in Indianapolis attend schools that are closing the achievement gap.
  • Of the top 10 Indianapolis schools with small or nonexistent achievement gaps that serve a student population where the majority are from low-income families, five are run directly by Indianapolis Public Schools.

The top 10 Indianapolis schools are:  

  • Christel House Academy - South
  • Cold Spring School
  • Ernie Pyle School 90
  • Francis W. Parker School 56
  • James A Allison Elementary School 3
  • The Oaks Academy
  • Paramount School of Excellence
  • Sidener Academy for High Ability Students
  • Theodore Potter School 74
  • Tindley Collegiate Academy

As detailed in the EEI, there are hundreds of schools across the nation where low-income students are achieving at levels that match or even exceed their more advantaged peers - proving that all children can excel in school when given the opportunity. 

This is the first in a series of releases intended to identify the practices that are closing the achievement gap at the quickest pace. See more data from the Education Equality Index and use the interactive online tool. 

 

 

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