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ANet is a nonprofit dedicated to the premise that every child in America deserves an excellent education and the opportunities it provides. We pursue our vision of educational equality in America by helping schools boost student learning with great teaching that is grounded in standards, informed by data, and built on the successful practices of educators around the country.

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As a mission-driven nonprofit organization, our primary concern is helping ensure equitable opportunity for all students.

Working alongside schools, we’ve learned that great teaching is grounded in standards, data, and insights shared among educators. We believe a blog can help us make a difference by spreading the ideas and effective practices of educators we work with.

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As if we needed another reason to close the achievement gap

Jeff Odell

New York Times

New York Times

We believe that addressing the achievement gap is primarily a moral issue. It’s about what kind of society we want to live in, what kind of future we want for our country’s kids.

A new study from the Washington Center for Equitable Growth highlights a more prosaic justification for working to make education more equitable: boosting economic growth.

The study, described in this New York Times article, shows that moving up just a few notches in the OECD education rankings would increase U.S. GDP by 1.7% over the next 35 years—resulting in an additional $900 billion in government revenue that would make up for the cost of the investment many times over.

If we could match Canada's results, the increases would be an incredible 6.7% and $10 trillion, respectively! 

You’d think numbers like these would make getting serious about the achievement gap a no-brainer.

We already think a willingness to ignore it shows a lack of heart.

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