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ERIC Number: EJ987462
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 17
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1550-1175
Educating Students of Poverty: One School's Story
Wallenstein, Roger
Schools: Studies in Education, v9 n2 p160-175 Fall 2012
The focus of the achievement gap seems to be less about racial and ethnic distinctions and more about disparities in socioeconomic status. Students from affluent and secure backgrounds have a running head start on students mired in poverty. Few young people in the United States live in more challenging conditions than the children of the eastern Coachella Valley in southern California. Many parents work hard to make ends meet by working the fields of vegetables and fruits, while others have nonskilled jobs in the hospitality industry. Despite their background and low standardized test scores, elementary school students of the valley display a positive attitude and a desire to learn. (Contains 6 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California; Illinois; United States