What is the opportunity gap?
In school districts around the country, there are disparities between the achievement of white students and that of other student groups such as students of color, English learners and students with disabilities, even though all these students have the same academic potential. This achievement gap has its roots in the lack of equitable opportunities for all students to succeed, or an opportunity gap. In DPS, we see this reflected in key indicators such as four-year graduation rates and third-grade reading and writing proficiency.
DPS is a diverse district. Seventy-seven percent of our students are students of color and more than one-third of our students are English Learners. All bring unique, valuable perspectives and experiences to our classrooms. It is every DPS educator’s responsibility to support the development of each child’s unique assets and to provide targeted supports that will help all students achieve their potential.
In order to achieve our vision of Every Child Succeeds, we must eliminate gaps in opportunity and achievement for all our students.