Published On: Wed, Nov 4th, 2015

Frequent school changes linked to poorer performance

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A Chicago-based study found that low-income kids who remained in the same school for five years had better thinking skills and superior performance in math compared to those who moved a lot. “Simply stated, frequently changing schools is a major risk factor for low-income children’s school success,” said the study’s lead author, Allison Friedman-Krauss, of New York University in New York City. The study, published Oct. 8 in Developmental Psychology, involved 381 public school children who were followed from preschool until fourth grade. All came from low-income families. After participating in the Head Start program, the children were enrolled in the city’s School Readiness Project. The researchers said 68 percent of the children were black, and 27 percent were Hispanic.

Source: Frequent school changes linked to poorer performance – WTOC-TV: Savannah, Beaufort, SC, News, Weather & Sports

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