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The Schools of Opportunity project arises out of the reality that existing recognitions strongly favor schools that enroll students who, outside of school, have the richest opportunities. These recognitions favor high schools that are selective or serve students who are affluent. While many of those schools are indeed outstanding, we believe it important to recognize schools that are excellent because they engage in research-based practices that focus on closing gaps in opportunity, regardless of the students they serve.
Schools of Opportunity is a project of the National Education Policy Center (NEPC). The mission of the NEPC is to produce and disseminate high-quality, peer-reviewed research to inform education policy discussions.