The persistence of these educational achievement gaps imposes on the United States the economic equivalent of a permanent national recession.The report also offers dollar values for the gaps, saying that our 2008 gross domestic product could have been:
- $1.3 trillion to $2.3 trillion if our achievement matched "better-performing nations such as Finland and Korea."
- $310 to $525 billion higher if our black and Latino achievement matched white achievement.
- $400 to $670 billion higher if our low-income achievement matched that of other students.
- $425 to $700 billion higher if achievement in low-performing states matched other states.