The Achievement Gap Initiative at Harvard University


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About the AGI:
Bridging from Research to Policy and Practice

The Achievement Gap Initiative (AGI) at Harvard University helps build bridges from research to policy and practice in pursuit of societal excellence with equity.


Through research, publications, and convenings, the AGI endeavors to inform a national movement. Not only should there be group proportional equality—where group-level characteristics such as race or socioeconomic status cease to have bearing on an individual’s educational achievement—there should also be excellence. Bridging from research to policy and practice in ways that alter both structural and life-style patterns that stand in the way of excellence with equity is our primary purpose.


The AGI's Work

Our work is informed by an ecological perspective that takes into account the multiple contexts and life experiences that affect achievement. While responding to the fact that schools and teaching play major roles, we also address the roles of parents, employers, peers, and communities. Stakeholders in all of these positions need expanded opportunities to play their roles effectively. High quality research well disseminated can help bring more resources to bear on achieving this goal. In addition, it can help persuade stakeholders of both the urgency and the possibility of dramatic progress.

Please explore our website to find examples of work in each of the following areas:

The AGI was established in 2006 and is based at the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy at the Kennedy School of Government (HKS) and closely affiliated with the Graduate School of Education (HGSE).