The Learning Gap
What is the Learning Gap? It is the difference between the academic progress that a student has made and the expected academic level that a student should have achieved by a certain age/grade. Similar to the Achievement Gap, which reflects the disparity in academic performance, and the Opportunity Gap, which refers to the ways in which race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and other factors contribute to academic limitations, the Learning Gap shows that, if left unaddressed, it will compound over time and become more severe and pronounced, which can increase the chances that a student will struggle academically and socially or drop out of school.
On any given day, chances are that you have crossed paths with someone suffering from food insecurity. And the problem isn’t limited to homelessness. Often times, these people look, dress and act just like us – only they don’t have access to regular meals. In fact, the majority of those that struggle to find adequate food are working adults, children and the elderly.
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