The Achievement Gap is Real

Deborah Vandell
Date Published: 
October 22, 2013
“We can no longer afford to deny any child, let alone entire communities, the opportunity to learn, achieve and compete.”
Congressman Chaka Fattah, Pennsylvania
For Each and Every Child, Report to the Secretary of Education from the Equity and Excellence Commission, February 2013

Afterschool research by Deborah Vandell demonstrates that more consistent time spent in afterschool activities during the elementary school years is linked to narrowing the gap in math achievement, reduced school absences and improved behavioral outcomes for students. Use The Achievement Gap is Real to communicate the positive effects of afterschool to key stakeholders, legislators and community members. 

The data indicates:
  • When afterschool participation is highly consistent, there is no gap in low-income and high-income children’s math achievement at grade 5
  • The more consistent the afterschool participation, the narrower the gap in math achievement
  • The more rarely students participate in afterschool activities, the wider the achievement gap

More time spent in afterschool is also associated with:

  • Better work habits
  • Improved academic performance
  • Gains in self-efficacy
  • Improved GPA
  • Increased attendance, fewer school absences

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Resource Type: 
General Publication