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 hosts symposiums to further the conversation and initiate change. Visit our Achievement Gap website to learn more.
- A Strong Start: Positioning Young Black Boys for Educational Success
Watch speakers from the symposium, "A Strong Start: Positioning Young Black Boys for Educational Success," as they discuss issues facing Black boys in their early years. ETS partnered with the Children's Defense Fund to explore the challenges facing this vulnerable population, and the opportunities to position young Black boys for educational success. The symposium also illuminated the connections between early cognitive and social/emotional development and later readiness for success in school; examined the role of a high-quality, seamless PreK–3rd grade continuum of education in supporting Black male achievement; and identified promising, realistic policies and strategies to affect the path of the 3.5 million Black males under the age of 9.
- Climbing the Academic Achievement Ladder: Promoting the Success of Black Males
Watch speakers from the ETS co-convened conference on Nov. 13, 2010, as they recognize the valuable research and programs on Black male achievement and broaden the attention toward continuing progress. Co-conveners were The New Jersey Department of Education, the Metropolitan Center for Urban Education at NYU Steinhardt and the Center for Effective School Practices at Rutgers University. The focus of this conference was increasing student effort and motivation, and encouraging Black males to strive toward high academic performance and success.