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Learning Gap Is Closing Despite Income, Wealth Inequalities

A new study from Stanford University supports the surprising conclusion that children from wealthy and poor families are entering kindergarten with a closer capacity for achievement than in the past.  The researchers note that other data from a second study that they conducted suggests the reason may be that more lower income parents are reading more frequently to their children and engaging them in more enrichment activities. While buoyed by their findings, the researchers cautioned that despite the narrowed learning gap,  at the rates that gaps declined during the study period (1998-2010), it would take another 60 to 110 years for them to be completely eliminated.

Both studies are available in AERA Open, a journal of the American Educational Research Association.