One California School Is Doing the Nearly Impossible: Closing the Achievement Gap
In San Diego, as with the rest of the country, poverty tracks closely with test scores.
The social science is clear: Poorer children are not less bright. They lack the same opportunities as their more affluent peers to gain cognitive skills from the moment they are born. The most pressing question in education has always been whether schools can supercharge the learning process enough to compensate for these class inequities.
At Edison Elementary in City Heights, unlike so many other schools across the city, the answer is yes.
Nearly 100 percent of Edison’s students live near the federal poverty line. And yet, the third grade reading and math scores look like they might have come out of a much more affluent school. Seventy-two percent are proficient in math and 69 percent are proficient in reading. That’s more than 10 percentage points higher than the district average on both tests. And it’s miles above average for schools with similar levels of poverty, according to an analysis by Voice of San Diego.