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Another Report Links Poverty To Poor Student Academic Performance

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An analysis of recent public school student test results shows economic status plays a major role in the scores.

The study was released this week by the Ohio School Boards Association, Buckeye Association of School Administrators and Ohio Association of School Business Officials. Howard Fleeter of the Ohio Education Policy Institute conducted the research using preliminary state results from last spring. Tests analyzed included Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC, tests in math and English, as well as American Institutes for Research, or AIR, tests in science and social studies. The analysis shows scores in all four areas were  negatively correlated with the percentage of economically-disadvantaged students, meaning districts with students from wealthy homes had higher scores while districts with students from low-income homes did worse.

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