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The Relationship Between Poverty and Academic Achievement Among the Big Six Districts in Kansas January 16, 2007 Stephen Court and Diane Gjerstad Wichita.

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1 The Relationship Between Poverty and Academic Achievement Among the Big Six Districts in Kansas January 16, 2007 Stephen Court and Diane Gjerstad Wichita Public Schools Wichita, Kansas 67202 E-mail: scourt@usd259.net or dgjerstad@usd259.net scourt@usd259.netdgjerstad@usd259.net scourt@usd259.netdgjerstad@usd259.net

2 Poverty and Achievement Poverty inhibits academic achievement. Poverty inhibits academic achievement. High-poverty districts lag behind low-poverty districts in reading and math proficiency rates. High-poverty districts lag behind low-poverty districts in reading and math proficiency rates. Like the Federal Title 1 program, the Kansas At-Risk program presumably is meant to close the achievement gap between Like the Federal Title 1 program, the Kansas At-Risk program presumably is meant to close the achievement gap between advantaged and disadvantaged students advantaged and disadvantaged students low-poverty and high-poverty districts and schools low-poverty and high-poverty districts and schools

3 The Big Six - SES Low-poverty districts Low-poverty districts Blue Valley Blue Valley Olathe Olathe Shawnee Mission Shawnee Mission High-poverty districts High-poverty districts Topeka Topeka Wichita Wichita Kansas City Kansas City

4 The Big Six - Achievement Above State Average Above State Average Blue Valley Blue Valley Olathe Olathe Shawnee Mission Shawnee Mission Below State Average Below State Average Topeka Topeka Wichita Wichita Kansas City Kansas City

5 Higher Poverty/Lower Achievement vs Lower Poverty/Higher Achievement Higher poverty Lower achievement Higher poverty Lower achievement Kansas City Kansas City Topeka Topeka Wichita Wichita Lower Poverty Higher achievement Lower Poverty Higher achievement Blue Valley Blue Valley Olathe Olathe Shawnee Mission Shawnee Mission

6 A Bigger Bang for your Buck At-risk funds have helped high-poverty districts to close the achievement with their low-poverty counterparts. At-risk funds have helped high-poverty districts to close the achievement with their low-poverty counterparts. Defining at-risk more broadly would hurt high- poverty districts without helping low-poverty districts. Defining at-risk more broadly would hurt high- poverty districts without helping low-poverty districts. Kansas would get much less bang for its buck! Kansas would get much less bang for its buck!


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