The achievement gap refers to the different levels of academic performance of students from different racial, ethnic and economic backgrounds.
ETS is committed to narrowing the achievement gap through innovative research, products and services, and regularly conducts research, conferences and other forums designed to further the conversation and initiate change. Examples include:
ETS Policy Notes – Middle School Matters: Improving the Life Course of Black Boys
This issue of ETS Policy Notes (Vol. 20, No. 4) provides highlights from the symposium "Middle School Matters: Improving the Life Course of Black Boys" held on July 23–24, 2012. The second in a series of four symposia co-sponsored by ETS and the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF), the seminar examined the education and status of African-American boys ages 9 to 13.
ETS Policy Notes – Optimizing Talent: Closing Education and Social Mobility Gaps Worldwide
This issue of ETS Policy Notes (Vol. 20, No. 3) provides highlights from the Salzburg Global Seminar in December 2011. The seminar focused on bettering the educational and life prospects of students up to age 18 worldwide.
Challenges and Opportunities: My Personal Journey
In the 2011 Tomás Rivera lecture, Rachel Moran, Dean of the UCLA School of Law, combines her personal experience with an analysis of the pressing issues affecting educational opportunity for Hispanic Americans.
ETS Policy Notes — Positioning Young Black Boys for Educational Success
This issue of ETS Policy Notes (Vol. 19, No. 3) provides highlights from two recent conferences focused on fostering the educational success of Black males.
ETS Policy Notes — Optimizing Talent: Closing Educational and Social Mobility Gaps Worldwide
This issue of ETS Policy Notes (Vol. 19, No. 2) provides highlights from the first of three international conferences on education and social mobility co-sponsored by ETS and the Salzburg Global Seminar (SGS).
Access/Acceso: Rising to the Challenge of Improving Higher Education Opportunities for Latinos
In the 2010 Tomás Rivera lecture, California Chancellors Charles B. Reed and Jack Scott address a range of higher education issues ranging from access and recruitment to retention and graduation of underrepresented students.
The Black and White Achievement Gap: When Progress Stopped
The report traces the Black-White educational achievement and attainment gaps back to the early 20th century and presents a variety of data in an effort to understand why the gaps stopped closing over the last several decades.
Hispanicity and Educational Inequality: Risks, Opportunities and the Nation's Future
The 2009 Tomás Rivera Lecture explores the opportunities and challenges provided by the rapidly growing school-age Hispanic population in the United States.
ETS Policy Information Report — Parsing the Achievement Gap II
This ETS report, Parsing the Achievement Gap II, follows-up on a 2003 report Parsing the Achievement Gap: Baselines for Tracking Progress.
ETS Policy Notes — Preschool Education: New Jersey and the Nation
This issue of ETS Policy Notes (Volume 17, No. 2) provides highlights from a Policy Forum that explored the state of preschool education in New Jersey and the nation.
ETS Policy Notes — Addressing Achievement Gaps: Educational Testing in America: State Assessments, Achievement Gaps, National Policy and Innovations
This issue of ETS Policy Notes (Volume 17, No. 1) provides highlights from a September 2008 ETS conference "Educational Testing in America: State Assessments, Achievement Gaps, National Policy and Innovations."
ETS Policy Notes — Addressing Achievement Gaps: School Finance and the Achievement Gap: Funding Programs That Work
This issue of ETS Policy Notes (Volume 16, No. 3) provides highlights from a May 2008 ETS conference "School Finance and the Achievement Gap: Funding Programs That Work."
Windows on Achievement and Inequality
This Policy Information Report provides a panoramic view of educational achievement by examining a variety of data and measures beyond those that are typically reported.
America's Perfect Storm: Three Forces Changing our Nation's Future
Our nation is in the midst of a perfect storm, and the forecast is grim — unless we invest in policies that will change our perilous course. This report looks at the convergence of three powerful sociological and economical forces that are changing our nation's future: substantial disparities in skill levels (reading and math), seismic economic changes (widening wage gaps), sweeping demographic shifts (less education, lower skills).
- The Achievement Gap
- ETS Research
- Find a research report
- K–12 Center Assessment & Performance Management
ETS works closely with states and the consortia to bring technological innovations to K–12 assessment.
ETS has assisted the NAEP program in introducing numerous psychometric and assessment design innovations over the years.
Explore the big ideas in educational assessments. Sign up for our new e-newsletter, Trends & Innovations.