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Want to Fix Education? Start Addressing Poverty

Center for Teaching Quality

CTQ blogger Bill Ferriter asks: How closely associated do you think struggling academically and growing up in poverty are? Using recently released 2013 testing data from public schools in Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, Dr. Michael Freemark found that the correlation between a child's economic condition and the likelihood of passing North Carolina's end of grade exams is 0.85 -- TWICE as high as the correlation between spending your life chugging Kentucky bourbon and dying of cirrhosis.

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  • Liz Dwyer

    Brilliant analogy between drinking/cirrhosis and poverty and educational achievement. But despite the data proving that there is a direct connection between the economics and the achievement, folks still keep pushing the narrative that poverty doesn't matter. So true when Ferriter says, "Asking schools to close achievement gaps while ignoring the economic gaps that exist between students growing up in wealth and students growing up in poverty is just another #edpolicy disaster waiting to happen."