The Answer Sheet: Poverty

Posted at 11:01 AM ET, 01/07/2014

A sobering way to start 2014

New research on how poverty affects children highlights how inadequate most school reform policies have been.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:01 AM ET, 01/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Poverty

Posted at 04:01 AM ET, 10/28/2013

Five stereotypes about poor families and education

The list, plus how stereotypes affect the way students perform in classes.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:01 AM ET, 10/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Poverty

Posted at 10:47 AM ET, 10/26/2013

The real 21st-century problem in public education

New data shows the problem getting worse.

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Tags:  Poverty

Posted at 11:22 AM ET, 10/24/2013

Record number of homeless children enrolled in public schools, new data show

The number of homeless children in public schools has increased 72 percent since the beginning of the recession.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:22 AM ET, 10/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Poverty and Schools

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 10/18/2013

What poor children need in school

It isn’t what many school reformers are giving them.

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Tags:  Poverty

Posted at 11:17 AM ET, 10/17/2013

Public education’s biggest problem keeps getting worse

The problem is poverty, and new statistics bring that into stark relief.

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Tags:  Poverty

Posted at 11:02 AM ET, 10/14/2013

Going to school hungry: A child and his mom tell their story

A video every school reformer should see.

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Tags:  Poverty

Posted at 09:48 AM ET, 09/21/2013

Two schools and the vast imbalance of privilege

A comparison of two schools shows the very different circumstances in which rich and poor students are educated.

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Tags:  A Story From Chicago, Poverty

Posted at 05:28 PM ET, 09/17/2013

New Census data: Children remain America’s poorest citizens

What does this mean for educational achievement?

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Tags:  A Stubborn Data Point, Poverty

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 07/25/2013

The cost of child poverty: $500 billion a year

The U.S. has the second largest child-poverty among the 35 richest nations on Earth, it says. Only Romania's is worse.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:02 AM ET, 07/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Child Poverty, New Report on Poverty and Education

Posted at 08:52 AM ET, 06/07/2013

Superintendent: Virginia's new A-F school grading system will hurt high-poverty districts

The A-F grading scale for schools creates a nearly insurmountable obstacle for districts that serve high percentages of economically disadvantaged students, the authors say.

By Valerie Strauss  |  08:52 AM ET, 06/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Analysis, Grading Schools, Poverty

Posted at 02:21 PM ET, 05/14/2013

The most important problem facing American children today

What is it? According to the Academic Pediatric Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics, it is the effects on poverty on health and well being.

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Tags:  According to, According to Chldhood Experts, According to Pediatrics Experts, Poverty

Posted at 05:01 AM ET, 05/09/2013

Poverty and student achievement: Are we comparing the wrong groups?

Many impoverished students succeed academically every day. Why do some make it and others don't?

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Tags:  'Looking for Answers', Blaming The Parents?, Student Achievement and Poverty

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 01/28/2011

On this we should agree

A health expert writes that while there isn’t likely to be peace in the education world over charter schools and standardized testing, on this everyone should agree: The need to focus attention on disparities among our youth in education and in health.

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Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers | Tags:  achievement gap, anxiety-related behaviors, anxiety-related disorders, effects of poverty, environment and schools, health disparities, indian suicide rates, native american suicide rates, poverty and education, public health services, suicide rates

Posted at 01:36 PM ET, 01/03/2011

America’s disdain for its children

Americans don’t really think very much of their children. Not really. Just take a look at the world of education.

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Categories:  Charter schools, Charter schools, Charter schools, Charter schools | Tags:  charter schools, children, poverty, standardized tests, teacher evaluation, teachers

Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 11/09/2010

Schools in a banana republic

Educator Anthony Cody takes a hard look at how today's economy is affecting public school students.

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Categories:  Anthony Cody, Anthony Cody, Anthony Cody | Tags:  achievement gap, anthony cody, guest bloggers, poverty, school reform

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 10/20/2010

Threats to school reform ... are within school reform

Educator Mike Rose writes: "There is a crisis in American education, and it involves mostly poor children, and thus it is a moral as well as educational outrage. But it is just not accurate to characterize public education itself as being in a 30-year crisis."

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Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers | Tags:  Harlem children's zone, KPP, Teach for America, a nation at risk, curriculum, deborah meier, how to fix our schools, joel klein, manifesto, mike rose, narrowing of curriculum, no child left behind, poverty and schools, race to the top, reform manifesto, school reform, stephen j. gould

Posted at 09:17 AM ET, 10/17/2010

Rothstein: Why teacher quality can't be only centerpiece of reform

Richard Rothstein on the Klein/Rhee manifesto: "Making teacher quality the only centerpiece of a reform campaign distracts our attention from other equally and perhaps more important school areas needing improvement, areas such as leadership, curriculum, and practices of collaboration.... ut most important, making teacher quality the focus distracts us from the biggest threat to student achievement in the current age: our unprecedented economic catastrophe and its effect on parents and their children’s ability to gain from higher-quality schools."

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:17 AM ET, 10/17/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  School turnarounds/reform, School turnarounds/reform, School turnarounds/reform | Tags:  achievement gap, joel klein, manifesto, michelle rhee, poverty, richard rothstein, school manifesto, school reform, teacher quality

Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 10/15/2010

The limits of Moco schools' economic integration study

There are big limits to the study released today showing that several hundred low-income students who went to school in low-poverty schools in Montgomery County did better on standardized math tests than kids who went to high-poverty schools.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:35 AM ET, 10/15/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Equity, Equity, Equity | Tags:  casey foundation, david berliner, economic integration, high-poverty schools, low-income families, michelle rhee, moco schools, montgomery county schools, poverty, standardized tests

Posted at 02:41 PM ET, 09/27/2010

The elephant that Obama and Lauer ignored: Poverty and student achievement

When President Obama sat down for an interview about school reform with NBC's Matt Lauer, they walked right up to the link between poverty and student achievement, but wound up ignoring the elephant in the room. And that tells you what you need to know about the Obama administration's school reform policy.

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Categories:  Race to the Top, Race to the Top, Race to the Top | Tags:  arne duncan, education nation, obama, obama nbc, obama school reform, obama schools, president obama, president obama; obama interview; obama lauer interview; obama education interview; student achievement poverty; poverty and schools, race to the top

Posted at 07:53 AM ET, 07/21/2010

Alexander Russo on Jay Mathews and Harlem Children's Zone

There's nothing like a good fight to spice up a hot July day, so here, Alexander Russo of "This Week in Education" takes on my esteemed colleague Jay Mathews over the Harlem Children's Zone.

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Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers | Tags:  alexander russo, brookings and harlem children's zone, brookings and hcz, criticism of harlem children's zone, geoffrey canada, harlem children's zone, hcz and hype, jay mathews, poverty and school reform, poverty and student achievement, promise academy, promise charter academies, this week in education

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 06/15/2010

How homicides affect test scores - study

School reformers who say that poverty and family circumstance are only excuses for poor student performance might do well to look at a new study which found African-American children in Chicago scoring a lot lower on reading and vocabulary tests within a week of a homicide in their neighborhood--even if they did not directly witness the violence.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:30 AM ET, 06/15/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Research, Research | Tags:  effects of homicide on schoolchildren, effects of poverty on school performance, effects of violence on children, new york university research, school reform

Posted at 12:07 PM ET, 05/28/2010

1 in 6 U.S. students in high-poverty schools

A government analysis of U.S. schools shows that one in six public school students attend high poverty schools and that the percentage of high-poverty schools has significantly increased over the past decade. There's a lot more data too.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:07 PM ET, 05/28/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Equity, Equity | Tags:  2010 condition of education, analysis on high-poverty schools, condition of education, data on schools, equity, high-poverty schools, percentage of high-poverty schools, school

Posted at 04:15 PM ET, 05/18/2010

Report looks at role of poverty, parents in student success

A new report by the Casey Foundation shows the close link between poverty and student success in reading, and makes recommendations for schools and community members.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:15 PM ET, 05/18/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Reading, Reading, Reading | Tags:  Casey Foundation, Casey Foundation report on reading, achievement gap, achievement gap in reading, new report on reading, parental involvement, parental responsibility in school, poverty and student achievement, reading research

Posted at 10:59 AM ET, 05/03/2010

Willingham: About poverty and school success

Cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham looks at the relationship between poverty and school success--and doesn't like what he sees in the United States.

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Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers | Tags:  Daniel Willingham, equity, guest bloggers, poverty and academic achievement, poverty and schools, the achievement gap