There is no achievement gap at birth.1 It’s time to stop questioning what low-income students of color can achieve in school and time to start focusing on learning from the public schools that are beating the odds.
Some public schools are finding ways to help all of their students succeed, despite the many socioeconomic challenges and barriers in our public school system. They show us what is possible despite the odds. These schools are currently the exception, not the rule. But they each show us what a single school can do.
Innovate Public Schools, the USC Price Center for Social Innovation, and the USC Rossier School of Education’s Center for Educational Policy, Equity, and Governance have partnered to produce the Los Angeles County Top Public Schools for Underserved Students report, which highlights those schools closing the achievement gap for low-income African American and Latino students in Los Angeles County.
1. Delpit, Lisa D. (2012). “Multiplication is for white people”: raising expectations for other people’s children. New York: New Press. Distributed by Perseus Distribution.
Los Angeles County Top Public Schools for Underserved Students
Below we highlight five schools from this year’s Top Public Schools list that are leading the way in educational equity. You can find a detailed profile of one school — Signal Hill Elementary in Long Beach Unified — that is excelling in English and math and shows us what best practices look like in action. Another profile and video is forthcoming.
*School profile and video coming soon