Achievement Gap Still Exists, but Narrows
High school graduation rates are at an all time high, but the achievement gap for low-income, black, Hispanic and English language learning students still exists. To keep the graduation rate improving experts insist on a continuing to hold schools accountable for performance of poor and minority students. In 2002 a law was signed that required states to disaggregate annual achievement data for poor and minority students. This was a historic move, and has helped schools to respond to inequalities.