Poverty and Education: Finding the Way Forward

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Author(s):

  • Richard J. Coley - Educational Testing Service
  • Bruce Baker - Rutgers University

Published: July 2013on ets.org

Report Intro/Brief:
"This report makes an important contribution to those who are interested in developing a broader and deeper understanding of the connections among poverty, education and outcomes. Information is provided that deals with issues such as home factors, food security, availability of health insurance and child care, and comparisons are made between poor and non-poor children. On the resource side, the authors provide analyses of programs and funding mechanisms intended to disrupt the effects of poverty on educational outcomes. The report also provides evidence of the increased levels of social and residential stratification in our schools and society, and considers not only how poverty is officially measured but several alternative measures that help to broaden our perspective. In providing this information, this report gives us a more nuanced picture of poverty in America and the consequences it is having on our country. But the report does more than just provide a picture of poverty and how it is measured: it also presents strategies that may make a difference and are within the purview of education policymakers."
-from the preface