achievement gap

LaToya Dennis

Books in barbershops are rolling-out in Milwaukee. It’s an effort to help close the city’s black white student achievement gap – one of the highest in the country. Organizers say it’s not what you read, only that you read.

There are a lot of things you might expect to find at a barbershop. The buzz of clippers, conversations about politics or community happenings, but not a library, that is, until now.

Apartment Learning Centers in Wisconsin Seek to Shrink Achievement Gap for Children & Adults

Feb 14, 2016
Abigail Becker / Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism

As a single mother living in poverty in a city known for its weak record of educating students of color, Kanesha Wingo realized her odds of finding success were slim. But with help from a learning center in her Milwaukee apartment complex, Wingo completed her college education, creating a foundation for herself and young daughter.

Wisconsin’s Black-White Achievement Gap Worst in Nation Despite Decades of Efforts

Dec 16, 2015
Abigail Becker / Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism

When Madison Memorial High School sophomore Demitrius Kigeya solves math problems in his head, other students give him surprised looks. He believes it is because he is black.

“I just pay attention in class and do my homework,” said Kigeya, 15.

Odoi Lassey, 16, a junior, echoed Kigeya’s feelings.

“People don’t expect you to know anything,” explained Lassey, who, like Kigeya, is a high academic performer, plays on the high school soccer team and is active in Memorial’s Black Student Union.

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While 28 states across the country saw the gap between their black and white student graduation rates narrow, Wisconsin's grew.

According to preliminary date released by the U.S. Department of Education, the gap between the number of African American students who graduate from high school in four years compared to their white peers is the worst in the country.

Fuse

On Wednesday, a committee of educators will meet in Madison to begin looking for ways to close achievement gaps.

The National Assessment of Educational Progress, also known as the “nation’s report card,” was released Thursday.