How does this state serve all students?
Schools are responsible for the success of all students and the success of students in specific student groups. When students in a group fall behind their peers, an achievement gap is identified. Schools focusing on the needs of all students can close (improve) the achievement gap for the group. An achievement gap is improving when the performance of the group improves more than the performance of their peers from the previous year. The achievement gap remains the same when the performance of the group and their peers is the same as the previous year. The achievement gap is growing when the performance of the group does not keep pace with, or exceed, the performance of their peers.