Thursday, July 7, 2011

Poverty & Public Education

Do low income students need a education model that will mitigate the effects of poverty that produce low academic achievement?

* In schools where less than 10 percent of students get free or reduced lun, the reading score is 551. That would place those U.S. students at No. 2 on the international ranking for reading, just behind Shanghai, China which topped the ranking with a score of 556.

* In schools where 75 percent or more of the students get free or reduced lunch, the reading score was 446. That’s off the bottom of the charts, below last-place Greece’s 483.

Money matters and countless studies have demonstrated a link between parents’ income and students’ test scores.

The Economics Behind International Education Rankings

Marc Sims

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