EdWeek’s blog “Inside School Research” has an interesting post today titled New Papers Grapple With Impacts of School Mobility. It focuses on studies exploring the effect on students of their changing schools.
This kind of mobility has a clear impact on students at our school (which is one of the many reasons I share Richard Rothstein’s analysis about how to most effectively address the achievement gap).
In an unofficial analysis of data at our school, teachers and administrators determined that the “achievement gap” was substantially reduced for students who had been with us for all four years of their high school career. In this analysis, African-American students not only were the most mobile group, they also moved more multiple times. Latino students had the next largest number of moves, followed by our Asian students.