Recent policy studies have tried to identify “high-flying” schools — schools that help students reach very high levels of achievement, despite significant disadvantages. A new policy brief demonstrates three major problems with the findings of these reports.

(1) Due to questionable methodological assumptions, the number high-flying schools is significantly smaller than the number reported in those studies;

(2) The numbers in these reports are being misused in a way that understates the significance of, and need to address, socioeconomic disadvantages; and

(3) these reports fail to directly address the vast amount of evidence that inequity in educational outcomes is primarily due to students’ social and economic disadvantages.

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