Report (21 pp. 238K PDF)
The Grade 2 class of 2003 showed impressive improvements
in performance on a nationally normed achievement
test compared with the performance of previous
Grade 2 students. Moreover, the improvements for
the Grade 2 class of 2003 were significantly greater
in the schools characterized by high poverty when
compared with schools in wealthier neighborhoods.
The net effect of this phenomenon was to reduce
the disparities in achievement between those schools
in the wealthy and those in the poor neighborhoods.