WISC Editorial Agenda 2014 - The Opportunity Gap

The challenges for our schools are broader than test scores

Published On: Jan 29 2014 05:32:01 PM CST
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Preparing all of our children for successful lives is so important it shows up twice on our agenda for the year. Achievement in school is a critical component of our One Madison goal for ending racial disparities in Madison. But it talking with education leaders like State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers, and Madison School Superintendent Jen Cheatham we are convinced we have to broaden our definition of academic success. It is certainly about being college ready, but it’s also about being career ready and community ready. It’s about being ready to be productive citizens.


So while we have to keep up our efforts to close the achievement gap, we also must acknowledge the existence of an opportunity gap and commit to closing that as well. This gap certainly has racial overtones. But it is broader, more diverse if you will. It is helping every one of our kids with the individual journeys to full, rich, satisfying and productive lives.


We’ll continue rolling out our 2014 agenda tomorrow with what we’re calling the Economic Spin Doctor.