Achievement gaps are a consistent and pervasive challenge in education across the nation and in the Commonwealth. These socio-economic, racial/ethnic, and gender academic gaps are reflected across a wide range of academic outcomes and indicators, and exist along the entire educational continuum. Men are less likely to graduate from high school, enroll in college, and complete their college education than women and in particular low income male students continue to lag behind other students in academic achievement.
While Massachusetts has engaged in significant education reforms in recent years resulting in national recognition as a leader in student achievement, we still face challenges with school readiness, a lingering proficiency gap, and students graduating from high school without the knowledge, skills, and experiences required to successfully navigate college and careers.
Not only do these achievement gaps reflect persistent inequities in educational outcomes and life opportunities, they also reflect a loss of human resource potential that has deleterious effects on society at large.
There is an urgent need to reach more students and support their completion of postsecondary education in order to meet the Commonwealth’s growing need for an educated and skilled citizenry. It is a social justice and economic imperative to eliminate the most significant disparities in college-going rates among subpopulations – specifically, low-income males and particularly males of color (herein after referred to as LIM MOC).
DHE is committed to engaging in local and national efforts that support closing opportunity gaps for our most underrepresented student in higher education. Some of the strategies currently underway include: