Yet another study has identified the negative impacts moving often can have on student academic progress.
Children’s social and academic functioning is impeded when their families move more often is the headline of a Eureka Alert summary of the study. Here’s an excerpt:
I wrote about a similar studies a few years ago in a post titled Student Mobility. In that same post, I also wrote:
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.
Of course, it must be emphasized that it’s likely the overwhelming majority of many of these movies are not done by choice. Many of my students’ families have moved because of economic or crime conditions.
The Best Places To Learn What Impact A Teacher (& Outside Factors) Have On Student Achievement shares even more research on these outside-of-school factors, and highlights why we have to organize around socio-economic conditions and not just on explicitly ed policy issues.
Students face many challenges while attending school, such as: learning to read and write, make friends, and adjusting to the environment. These things take a toll on students and can be stressful. For students that move several times, they can experience a much greater amount of stress as well as isolation. I believe it important for students to feel comfortable during their learning process. Stress and confusion negatively impacts the students well-being and ability to succeed. When encountering students who move frequently I will do my best as a teacher to make them feel welcomed and comfortable.