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The Economic Impact of the Achievement Gap. How four sources of variance conspire to create a permanent U.S. recession & why there is hope that things can change for the better, especially here in California. Dr. Derek S. Mitchell, CEO Partners in School Innovation October 2010.

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The economic impact of the achievement gap

The Economic Impact of the Achievement Gap

How four sources of variance conspire to create a permanent U.S. recession & why there is hope that things can change for the better, especially here in California.

Dr. Derek S. Mitchell, CEO

Partners in School Innovation

October 2010


Partnerssi mission
PartnersSI Mission

To enable public schools in high-poverty communities – serving primarily students of color and English language learners – to achieve educational equity through school-based reform.


What do we do
What do we do?

  • Support reform in 20 schools in San Jose, San Francisco and Oakland

  • Work only in schools with concentrations of low academic performance, poverty and African-American, Latino and English language learners.

  • Work as an equity strategy for our partner districts in that we serve to intensify support for schools that need it most.


Hosted an event to share mckinsey data more broadly
Hosted an Event to Share McKinsey Data More Broadly

  • McKinsey Report: The Economic Impact of the Achievement Gap came to the following conclusions:




State Gap Continued: 8th Grade Math


State Gap Continued: 8th Grade Math



US RacialGap: Math & Reading


At what cost these gaps
AtWhat Cost, These Gaps…

  • There are well-documented relationships between under-achievement and:

    • Increased dropout rates (5.5X less likely to graduate)

    • Low lifelong earnings (earn about 1 Million less dollars)

    • Low access to healthcare (3.5X more likely to die of preventable diseases)

    • Increased teen pregnancy (3X more likely for young women)

    • Increased presence in Juvenile Justice System: (2.5X more likely for poor white males, 6X more likely for poor black males.)


But what about
But what about…

  • The loss of competitive advantage.

  • The value of essentially wasted human capital.

  • The national wealth that a more educated citizenry would mean…



What Happens in Schools Matter: Two-year CST English / Language Arts Gains: PartnersSI Schools vs. State and Districts 2008-2010


What can be done investment matters
What Can Be Done: Investment Matters

  • Money Matters: We can increase investment in the education of our children.


What Can Be Done: Investment Matters

  • Just in case you’re wondering how our other investments fare against national norms.


Data sources
Data Sources

  • Performance Analysis

    • National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

    • National Center for Educational Statistics

    • Program for International Student Assessment (PISA)

    • National Education Association

  • Economic Analysis

    • McKinsey & Company

    • US Department of Labor Statistics

    • US Bureau of Economic Analysis

    • UC Census Bureau

    • Organizational for international Co-Operation and Development


For more information
For More Information

Derek Mitchell

[email protected]

Chief Executive Officer

Partners in School Innovation

1060 Tennessee Street, 2nd Floor

San Francisco, CA. 94107

415.824.6196 x109


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