KNEA believes that all students can learn at high levels. That belief has led to many KNEA initiatives that are designed to improve the quality of Kansas public schools and strengthen the profession of teaching.
Yet there are shameful gaps in achievement levels among different groups of students. What are the achievement gaps? Achievement gaps exist when groups of students do not achieve in school at the same levels; in fact, one group often far exceeds the achievement levels of others. Gaps in achievement exist across the nation and can be found based upon race/ethnicity, income levels, language background, disability status, and gender.
The causes of the achievement gaps are multiple and interrelated. They include the effects of poverty, home and community learning opportunities, discrimination, access to health care, and issues of housing and mobility.