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The Opportunity Myth Study
Posted on Sunday, September 30th, 2018 by Lina Eroh
TNTP’s release of The Opportunity Myth study garnered extensive coverage in ednews publications, including EducationDive, LA School Report, The74, and Chalkbeat.
The study found that the overwhelming majority of students have aspirations to attend college and achieve ambitious career goals; most students do what they’re asked in school but are still not ready to succeed after school given a lack of assignments that ask students to achieve grade level mastery; students spend most of their time without access to 4 key resources – grade appropriate assignments, strong instruction, deep engagement, and high expectations from teachers; and students of color, low income students, and ELLs have even less access to these 4 key resources than their peers.
Below are additional media highlights:
- EdWeek: Are Too Many Students Working Below Grade Level?
- Chalkbeat: A new report argues that students are suffering through bad teaching and simplistic classwork. Is that true?
- Fordham Institute: We aren’t teaching kids how to read
- The74: America’s Achievement Gap — Made, Not Born? What a Study of 30,000 Students Reveals About Lowered Expectations and Poorer-Quality Instruction for Kids of Color
- EducationPost: Eighth-Graders Are Doing Fifth-Grade Work. No Wonder Our Kids Aren’t Ready for College.
- EducationDive: Only a fraction of students consistently get grade-appropriate assignments