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Achievement gaps among children of different racial and economic groups are a common problem in Indiana and across the nation.

According to the United States Department of Education, an achievement gap “occurs when one group of students outperforms another group, and the difference in average scores for the two groups is statistically significant.”1 The causes of achievement gaps are many and the consequences affect children’s long term outcomes in work and life satisfaction.2,3 This brief examines achievement gaps among Indiana students in test scores, high school graduation rates, and rates of college enrollment, persistence and remediation.

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