Frequent school changes hurt kids math scores
Students who change schools frequently are at risk of lower math scores and have a harder time managing their behaviour and attention in the classroom ...
New York: Students who change schools frequently are at risk of lower math scores and have a harder time managing their behaviour and attention in the classroom than students who stay in the same school, says a new study.
Children who experienced fewer school transitions over a five-year period, demonstrated greater cognitive skills and higher math achievement in early elementary school,
relative to their counterparts who changed schools frequently, showed the findings of the study.All the children in the study were from low-income families in Chicago.
"Simply stated, frequently changing schools is a major risk factor for low-income children's school success," said the study's lead author Allison Friedman-Krauss from New York University.
Data for the study came from 381 children (52 percent girls) enrolled in the Chicago School Readiness Project. On average, children in the study scored in an acceptable range on standardised math tests in fourth grade.
However, children who moved frequently were predicted to score, on average, 10 points lower than their peers who did not change schools frequently, the authors wrote.