Poverty and Potential: Out-of-School Factors and School Success has just been released by The Great Lakes Center For Education Research and Practice. It details “out-of-school” factors that affect learning success.
The report is similar to what Richard Rothstein (whose articles I’ve included in The best articles about Education 2007 and The “Best” Articles About Education — 2008) writes about a lot. Rothstein, and the report, talk about how schools can narrow the achievement gap, but not get rid of it unless a number of these social inequities are addressed.
I’m planning to write a longer post about this in our group blog, In Practice, but thought that readers might like to learn about the report now. Who knows when I’m going to get around to that In Practice post!