The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, while primarily a scholarship provider, invests a portion of its funding in strategic grant initiatives to end the “Excellence Gap,” defined as the disparity between the number of low and high income students who reach the top levels of academic performance. To that end the Cooke Foundation recently published “Equal Talents, Unequal Opportunities: A Report Card on State Support for Academically Talented Low-Income Students.”
The report sets in place 18 indicators reflecting state policies and measurable student outcomes. The results are disheartening.
“We were not especially hard graders, and sadly we still found that in most states, attention to advanced learning opportunities for low-income students is nearly absent,” said Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Executive Director Harold O. Levy. “What is available for high-ability students primarily benefits those in wealthier school districts. The lost potential is staggering.”
How did Ohio fare? Visit the High Ability blog for an excellent summary of Ohio’s score which reflects, in part, excellent on-the-ground work by Ann Sheldon and other gifted advocates at the state and local level.