The Longitudinal Effects of Residential Mobility on the Academic Achievement of Urban Elementary and Middle School Students


The Longitudinal Effects of Residential Mobility on the Academic Achievement of Urban Elementary and Middle School Students

Issue/Topic: Students--Mobility
Author(s): Nation, Maury; Shinn, Marybeth; Voight, Adam
Organization(s):
Publication: Educational Researcher
Published On: 12/15/2012

Background:
What happens outside of school matters to a young person's educational development. The home is arguably the most influential setting in young people's development, and the recent upward trend in residential mobility has made the effort to foster a positive, stable home environment more challenging.

Purpose:
To explore the effect of changing residences on young people's academic achievement.

Findings/Results:

Residential moves in the early elementary years have a negative effect on math and reading achievement in third grade and a negative effect on the trajectory of reading scores thereafter.

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Reading:


Policy Implications/Recommendations:

Study Link: http://edr.sagepub.com/content/41/9/385.abstract


Research Design:
Quantitative

Population/Participants/Subjects:
Students from 11 middle schools in a large urban district in Tennessee.

Year data is from:
2003-2009

Setting:
District

Data Collection and Analysis:
Analysis of school administrative data from 11 middle schools in a large urban district in Tennessee.

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