The New York Times cites Dynarski study in article on the education gap between rich and poor

February 9, 2012

The New York Times referenced a study co-authored by Susan M. Dynarski in an article that discusses the widening achievement gap between students from high- and low-income families.

The Times article, "Education Gap Grows Between Rich and Poor, Studies Say," refers to the study's finding that "the imbalance between rich and poor children in college completion—the single most important predictor of success in the work force—has grown by about 50 percent since the late 1980s."

Dynarski, an associate professor at the Ford School and School of Education, co-authored the December 2011 study, "Gains and Gaps: Changing Inequality in the U.S. College Entry and Completion," with Martha J. Bailey, an assistant professor in the Department of Economics and research affiliate at the National Poverty Center.

Dynarski and Bailey found growing gaps between children from high- and low-income families in college entry, persistence, and graduation. The study also revealed that gender differences in educational attainment, which were small or nonexistent thirty years ago, are now substantial, with women outpacing men in every demographic group.

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