What is

Opportunity Gap

Opportunity gap refers to the ways in which socioeconomic status, ethnicity, race, English proficiency, familial situations, community wealth or other factors contribute to or perpetuate lower educational goals, achievement levels, and attainment for specific groups of students.

Opportunity gap refers to the fact that the arbitrary circumstances in which people are born—such as their race, ethnicity, ZIP code, and socioeconomic status—determine their opportunities in the educational system and life more broadly, rather than all people having the chance to achieve to the best of their potential.