Monday, October 25, 2010

Can Middle-Class Schools Help Low-Income Students?

Some athletes might say, “To be the best, you have to train with the best.” A study in Montgomery County Schools is making a similar claim that when high-poverty students attend school with middle-class students outside their neighborhoods, they perform better in school, particularly in math. The reasons behind this result are still to be determined. Could it be the middle-class students somehow motivate the high-poverty students more than their peers at high-poverty schools? Could it be because of an improved learning environment not found at a high-poverty school?

Is economic integration a solution for high-poverty students?

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