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Low-Income Students Set Up for Academic Failure


The National Center for Education Statistics recently released a report titled, "The Condition of Education 2016." The latest data shows that students entering kindergarten from low-income backgrounds are already at a statistical disadvantage. These children tend to score lower on tests, are more inclined to drop out of school and less inclined to pursue higher education.

The report states that children entering kindergarten from low socio-economic families are less likely to have a positive approach to learning, compared to their more affluent peers. This translates to these students not being able to pay attention in class, follow classroom rules or possess a generally favorable outlook on learning. Due to this lack of a "positive approach," students hailing from low socioeconomic backgrounds don't excel in school, particularly in comparison to middle and upper-class students.


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