ERIC Number: ED454290
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
The Effect of School Poverty Concentration in WCPSS. Research Watch. E&R Report.
Data compiled on the impact of school poverty in the Wake County Public School System (WCPSS), North Carolina, support the current policy that sets 40% as a target maximum percentage of low-income students that would be assigned to a school. Major findings of a study of the effects of school poverty in the WCPSS include the determination that previous actions of the district have created a system of schools in which relatively few campuses have a high concentration of poverty. Given the variations in WCPSS schools' performance, many factors beyond school poverty are affecting achievement growth in each school. Analysis of the North Carolina End-of-Grade (EOG) test scores show that small reductions in the concentration of poverty at a school are unlikely to have a meaningful effect on student achievement growth, although the differences might be statistically significant. Larger changes in the concentration of poverty in a school would be likely to produce changes in student achievement growth that would be both statistically and educationally significant. Two appendixes contain a report on tests for the curvilinear effects of school poverty on EOG scores by grade and subject and achievement test results for low-income students. (SLD)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wake County Public School System, Raleigh, NC. Dept. of Evaluation and Research.