A hypothesis: NCLB-era achievement gains stemmed largely from declining child poverty rates

There’s a strong relationship between a child’s socioeconomic status and his or her academic outcomes, so it stands to reason that improved economic conditions for lots of children should be associated with achievement gains. And indeed, that’s precisely what we saw in the decades before the Great Recession struck. But are those two trends linked?

Michael J. Petrilli 7.10.2019

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