Education Report Roundup

Income and Achievement

By Kevin Bushweller — May 17, 2005 1 min read

“The Impact of Family Income on Child Achievement,” is available from the National Bureau of Economic Research.

For children living in poverty, an increase in family income as modest as $1,000 a year is likely to lead to slightly higher test scores in math and reading, a recent study suggests.

The study by researchers Gordon B. Dahl and Lance Lochner for the Cambridge, Mass.-based National Bureau of Economic Research used data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth to track the reading and math progress of disadvantaged children who lived in families in which incomes increased.