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Study says risk of school failure related to low-income

Pennsylvania officials sounded an alarm on the status of low-income families in a recent study analyzing the academic achievements of the state’s most needy students.

Last month, The Times-Leader out of Wilkes-Barre, Pa. printed the results for their local area, Luzerne County.

The state looked at seven criteria statistically known to increase the odds that a child will struggle in school, such as coming from a low-income family or having parents who did not earn a high school degree. Using the data, the state gave each county a rating from 1 to 4. The higher the number, the greater the risk.

In Luzerne County, their score &mash; 1 2.71 @mdash; puts local children at a ‘moderately high’ risk of academic failure.

Locally, 4.4 percent of children receive aid as part of TANF families.

The state analyzed state math and reading standardized test sores for third-grade students, reviewing the percentage of students who scored below “proficient.” The lower the percentage, the better the county is doing. In math, slightly less than 18 percent of Luzerne third-graders scored below proficient. The state average was 21.5 percent. In reading, where the state average was 27.2 percent below proficient, Luzerne County had one-quarter of the students below that mark.

This is just a sampling of a community in the middle of an axis of academic achievement.

For county-by-county statistics — a full picture of the issues — see these websites:

November 4, 2007 Posted by | Educational, Related Reports, Research | , , , , | Leave a comment