Student performance, poverty tied

Student performance in the classroom is linked to poverty, an analysis of data collected under Ohio’s new school assessment system and released Monday confirms, according to groups representing Ohio school boards, administrators and treasurers.
Associated Press
Sep 17, 2013


The review found that Ohio’s 123 suburban school districts scored the highest on the performance index calculated as part of Ohio’s new A-F grading system while also recording the highest average income, the lowest poverty rate and the highest concentration of college degrees.

The analysis was conducted jointly by the Ohio School Boards Association, the Ohio Association of School Business Officials and the Buckeye Association of School Administrators.

The groups “are absolutely not saying that students who are economically disadvantaged could not do well,” said Barbara Shaner, representing the business officials’ association.

“What we’re saying is that there are things that affect whether or not a student performs well other than just what happens in the classroom,” Shaner said. “We just want to make sure that everyone is aware of this correlation so that going forward as we determine public policy and as we choose where to spend our resources we have this information in front of us.”

Race was a less consistent factor than income in performance, the analysis found.



Gee what a surprise. I think this study has already been done before.

Azure Ray

And this just in....styrofoam floats!

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While not too surprising it is no less unfortunate. I'm more worried that there seems to be more fretting, hand-wringing, and pointing about the results from these studies (and others about disparities between socio-economic groups) than a discussion about the solutions to them. The unconstitutionality of the school funding mechanism of Ohio being quite a lingering issue that I don't think has been resolved yet.

Reports like this appear to me to be simply a steak thrown into the lion's den of public opinion to keep many too busy fighting and bickering over scraps and results on how to obtain meat at that time than address how we can actually get more meat and/or free ourselves from captivity. That's why da's post above and even Azure's ring so true.

What is no less worrisome is that either these things are reported in their entirety and thus no actual plan to address the issue is made, or there is a plan but selective article writers are content to leave it out of the story as a way to incite people.

At least in making an appeal to modify the current Ohio system our voices only have to reach a city two hours away and compete with 11.54 million other people instead of about 7 hours away with 310+ million.


In fact, there are probably many inner city students who do perform well - but, unfortunately, there are many more who do not for a myriad of reasons. The solution is to minimize class sizes and loop so that a teacher, who has built trust with these students, has 2-3 years to work with them. Also, year round school would help. The summer slide is even worse for students who are caught in the poverty cycle because chances are pretty likely that summer break is not being spent at museums and the library reading programs.