May 2014

New Study on Student Achievement

Risk factors that impact success

According to a new study, poverty alone doesn't hinder student academic achievement. Researches from the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education (Penn GSE) found low-achieving schools were ones with high concentrations of homelessness and child abuse.

Not only did the performance of the students experiencing abuse and homelessness suffer, so did their classmates. High concentrations of students whose mothers did not complete high school were similarly harmful. The whole grade level had lower achievement.

Read the study in the February edition of the Educational Researcher.

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