Editorial: Future of education in the suburbs must embrace those at-risk
Dec 29, 2015 11:07 AM -
One of the things we learned about schools in 2015 is just how much poverty is an accurate indicator of student academic performance. When we tie that to the increased number of suburban students living in poverty, now we see more clearly the challenges facing Illinois in 2016 and beyond. In the Daily Herald's groundbreaking series, "Generations at risk: Our promise to our kids," something most of us intuitively suspected all along -- that children in poverty do not perform academically as well as children from middle- or high-income families -- became a data-driven fact. Using 10 years' worth of Illinois report card data, reorganized by percentages of low-income students, the correlation between poverty and academic performance was shown as unmistakable. The more poor children in a school, the worse that school performs on standardized tests. Period.