Condition of Education

When reading details from the report on the condition of education, I was particularly drawn to the demographic section, which explored children living in poverty.  I was actually surprised that only 21 percent of students lived in poverty, which was further explained as ranging from 9 in New Hampshire to 33 in Mississippi.  Looking at regional breakdown, there was not as much disparity as I had presumed, ranging 18 – 23%.  I actually expected rural areas to factor more significantly into the equation.  In addition, Virginia is cited as having less students living in poverty than other states.  Certainly, Northern Virginia is lowering the statistics, but what about Southwest Virginia and even urban centers in Richmond and Va Beach area?  Even West Virginia is ‘not measurably different’.  Of course, when looking further into racial disparity, the numbers more closely mirror my expectations.

Within my high school last year, the majority of students lived in poverty.  Considering this research, I begin to wonder not only how poverty effects learning, but what additional issues result from living in dense-poverty areas.  Are poverty-stricken students more likely to struggle within schools or educational systems with higher prevalence of economic issues compared to within an average district?  In ways other than that associated with resource allocations, etc?
Aud, S. (2012, May 24).  The Condition of Education – Population Characteristics – Demographics – Children Living in Poverty – Indicator May (2015).  Retrieved April 20, 2016, from http://nces.ed.gov/programs/coe/indicator_cce.asp

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