ERIC Number: ED362590
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Educational Attainments of Students Living in Poverty. Report of the Department of Education to the Governor and the General Assembly of Virginia. Senate Document No. 13.
Virginia State Dept. of Education, Richmond.
This study of the educational attainments of students living in poverty was conducted in response to a resolution of the Virginia State Senate. Census counts of persons living below the poverty level, counts of students enrolled in free lunch programs, test scores, and two previous analyses of the achievement of Virginia students were used in the analysis. In Virginia, one of seven children aged 5 years or younger lives below the federal poverty level. Between 1979 and 1989, the number of poor two-parent families increased by 19 percent. Nearly two-thirds of poor families with children are headed by parents who work during the year, and only 1 in 10 poor children fits the stereotype of a poor child (an urban child who is black and lives with a single mother who does not work). The following educational responses to student risk have been cited by research as being effective in promoting learning: (1) developmental preschool programs; (2) supplemental reading programs; (3) reducing class size; and (4) schoolwide projects in prevention and support. The size and scope of problems facing poor children in Virginia requires a larger societal response than current efforts. The Virginia State Department of Education is working on a comprehensive plan to serve at-risk students. Seven tables and two figures illustrate the analysis. Three appendixes contain the Senate resolution and provide further information about poverty in Virginia. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Census Figures, Disadvantaged Youth, Economically Disadvantaged, Educational Attainment, Educational Planning, Elementary School Students, Elementary Secondary Education, High Risk Students, One Parent Family, Poverty, Preschool Education, Prevention, School Statistics, Secondary School Students, State Surveys, Supplementary Education, Urban Youth
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Virginia State General Assembly, Richmond. Senate.
Authoring Institution: Virginia State Dept. of Education, Richmond.