ERIC Number: EJ1086100
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
Homeless Students and Academic Achievement: Evidence from a Large Urban Area
Tobin, Kerri J.
Urban Education, v51 n2 p197-220 Feb 2016
Child homelessness has recently reached levels unprecedented in the United States since the Great Depression. Contemporary research has attempted to isolate the effects of homelessness on education, with mixed results. This study reports results from a study in one large urban area and finds that there is no meaningful difference in achievement between homeless and housed low-socioeconomic status (SES) elementary school students. Furthermore, we find that attendance is a mediator of lowered achievement and that commonly suspected school-level characteristics do not predict homeless student success. Implications for policy, practice, and research are discussed.
Descriptors: Homeless People, Academic Achievement, Socioeconomic Status, Elementary School Students, Educational Policy, Urban Areas, Attendance, Low Achievement, Institutional Characteristics, Prediction, Educational Practices, Housing, Race, Ethnicity, Special Education, Language Arts, Scores, School Districts, Multiple Regression Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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