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Student Mobility


Student Mobility: How It Affects Learning
Schools and students pay a price when students change schools frequently.
Aleesia Johnson, superintendent of Indianapolis Public Schools, left, visits classrooms at James Whitcomb Riley School 43 on Jan. 16, 2024 in Indianapolis.
Superintendent Aleesia Johnson visits with a student at James Whitcomb Riley School 43 in Indianapolis.
Kaiti Sullivan for Education Week
School & District Management Leader To Learn From With a Steady Hand, a Superintendent Guides Her District Through Big Changes
When Aleesia Johnson became superintendent of the Indianapolis schools, Indiana’s largest district needed much more than a patch job.
Sarah D. Sparks, February 5, 2024
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School & District Management Video The Challenges Military Children Face in Public Schools
There are more than 1 million children in the U.S. whose parents are active duty military. Most of them attend public schools. Yet many districts don’t even know who these kids are or how to support them. On average, military children move six to nine times before they finish high school. And each move can mean navigating different schools in different states with different academic requirements. There is also an emotional toll- it isn’t uncommon for a military child to have a parent gone for long periods of time because of training or deployments. This year, school districts must include a check box on enrollment forms to identify military children. By identifying who these students are, advocates hope that will help school districts better support these children.
January 23, 2019
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Every Student Succeeds Act Reported Essay The Black Achievement Paradox Nobody's Talking About
Drawing on his experience growing up in an Air Force family, Daarel Burnette II highlights emerging research on military-connected students.
Daarel Burnette II, January 8, 2019
7 min read
Diego Ignacio Cordero Sanchez, 16, left, and Lorenzo Alberto Cordero Sanchez, 15, with their dad Giovanni Cordero in Homestead, Fla. The boys came to Florida after Hurricane Maria to attend school.
Diego Ignacio Cordero Sanchez, 16, left, and Lorenzo Alberto Cordero Sanchez, 15, with their dad Giovanni Cordero in Homestead, Fla. The boys came to Florida after Hurricane Maria to attend school.
Photograph by Josh Ritchie for Education Week
School Climate & Safety Puerto Rican Students Displaced by Storm Adjust to Mainland Schools
School districts with large Puerto Rican communities are hiring bilingual staff and monitoring student evacuees for signs of trauma.
Denisa R. Superville, February 12, 2018
9 min read
School & District Management Missouri's Normandy District Sheds Its Unaccredited Status
The Normandy school district lost its accreditation in 2013, and the state took over the academically and financially challenged school system in 2014.
Denisa R. Superville, December 1, 2017
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Every Student Succeeds Act State's Plan for Transient Students Under ESSA Raises Eyebrows
Some civil rights advocates look askance at Arizona's plan to weigh test scores differently depending on how long a student has been at a particular school.
Alyson Klein, November 1, 2017
3 min read
Equity & Diversity Student Mobility Takes an Academic Toll. But Why?
While the effects of midyear moves are not well understood, the new federal law requires schools to keep better track of military, foster-care, and homeless students.
Daarel Burnette II, June 6, 2017
5 min read
Equity & Diversity Series Hidden Inequities
Everybody knows about achievement gaps, but the mechanisms that contribute to educational disparity aren’t always obvious.
March 22, 2017
School & District Management Riverview Gardens, Mo., District Receives Provisional Accreditation
The Riverview Gardens school district in St. Louis, Mo., which lost its accreditation in 2007, was one of two districts in the state without accreditation.
Denisa R. Superville, December 5, 2016
2 min read
Every Student Succeeds Act Opinion Data Are Critical for High-Mobility Students
Under ESSA, states must now account for the unique challenges of measuring the academic growth of homeless, foster, and military-connected students, write two data consultants.
Jennifer Bell & Nadja Young, August 10, 2016
5 min read
Equity & Diversity Ferguson Commission: Schools Must Prioritize Whole-Child Issues, Equity
A 198-page report by the Ferguson Commission recommends a focus on whole-child issues like hunger and school discipline and an overhaul in how the state of the Missouri deals with unaccredited districts.
Evie Blad, September 14, 2015
5 min read
Jasmine Shorter, left, with her mother, Shawn Shorter, at their Houston home.
Jasmine Shorter, left, with her mother, Shawn Shorter, at their Houston home.
Todd Spoth for Education Week
School & District Management Project Post-Katrina, Some Students Gave Up Home for a Better School
It’s difficult to paint a comprehensive picture of the educational experiences of students who left New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.
Denisa R. Superville, August 19, 2015
11 min read
Equity & Diversity Missouri Lawmaker Seeks Justice Dept. Probe of Education in St. Louis Area
State Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal is calling for a federal probe into education in the St. Louis, Mo., region and for the legislature to override Gov. Jay Nixon's veto on the state's student transfer law.
Denisa R. Superville, August 7, 2015
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