Gaps Found to Shrink Between Rich and Poor Students

For decades, as wealthy parents invested more and more time and money on enrichment for their young children, students in poverty fell further and further behind. New research, however, suggests that the trend is changing: The children starting their first days of kindergarten may arrive better prepared than prior generations—and students in poverty will arrive at less of a disadvantage compared with their wealthier peers. Income and racial gaps in school readiness closed significantly between 1998 and 2010, according to studies in a special issue of AERA Open, a journal of the American Educational Research Association.