The opportunity gap is more than a single metric or performance indicator. Factors influencing opportunity gaps include, but are not limited to, school-building resource allocation, participation in college-exposure and preparation activities, teacher quality, and access to rigorous course selection, which includes dual credit options. Unfortunately, the opportunity gap is more salient and exacerbated in low socioeconomic communities and in communities of color.
The links below point to Roadmap Dashboard pages with subgroup breakouts:
- Attainment: Educational Attainment by Race/Ethnicity
- High School: High School Graduation Rates and Cumulative Graduation Rate Change
- Enrollment: Enrollment Demographics, Demographics over Time, 5-Year Change by Subgroup, and Apprenticeship Enrollment
- Completion: Completion Demographics, Completion Trends, and Six-Year Graduation Rates
- Affordability: Borrowing by Dependency Status
Given the complexity and interconnectedness of the variables that impact the opportunity gap, a system-wide approach addressing the whole student is necessary. Statewide efforts can address equity disparity, but collaboration is essential. Closing the opportunity gap will require the collective efforts of K-12, higher education, community-based organizations, and other critical partners.