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Study Links Academic Performance To Household Income Levels

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A report commissioned by three groups representing public schools shows what the groups say is a strong link between academic performance and household income. Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler reports.

The report from the Ohio Education Policy Institute has graphs that slant straight down – as the number of economically disadvantaged students rises in a district, the average student test score declines. Tom Ash with the Buckeye Association of School Administrators says pointing out a connection between poverty and student performance isn’t an attempt by schools to shift the blame for low test scores.
“We didn’t do this to try to provide any excuses for anybody. We wanted to see what the relationship was.”
And Ash says this link has been shown to have been constant for several years, so this year’s result can’t be pinned solely to increased standards – which was the reason offered for the many bad grades districts got on this year’s report cards.

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