Homeless Students Are…
Homeless students are…
2 times as likely as their housed peers to score poorly on standardized tests in math and reading.
3 times more likely to be placed in special education programs.
4 times more likely to drop out of school.
8 to 9 times more likely to repeat grades.
Sources: Homes for the Homeless, Access to Success: Educational Needs of Homeless Children and Families, 1993; National Center on Family Homelessness, “Homeless Children” America’s New Outcasts,” 1999.
Right now, a collection of advocates and local government officials across the United States are preparing to spread out in their counties, communities, and neighborhoods to count the number of homeless Americans. At first glance, this seems like a fairly sensible way to go about the messy work of measuring an important social and economic indicator. But, of course, every method has its drawbacks.
While Seattle is known for its tech titans, cycling enthusiasts, and progressive values, it is also home to over 3,600 homeless students. Ninety-seven percent of all public schools in Seattle serve at least one homeless student; 71% serve more than 10. In this publication, ICPH, through a partnership with Seattle Public Schools, illustrates just how pervasive and far-reaching the issue of student homelessness is across the city.
Delve into data about the homeless student population in NYC’s school districts.