Study: Poverty, Location Factors In Arizona Student Literacy. See more state education news here

| March 26, 2019

By Public News Service

PHOENIX — A study of literacy programs for Arizona third-graders found that children who live in poverty or attend rural schools are at a disadvantage in learning to read.

The report evaluated how effective reading instruction programs were for third-grade students based on a number of key metrics derived from AzMERIT, Arizona’s statewide learning assessment test. Study author Robert Vagi is a researcher at the University of Minnesota; he said economic and geographic factors play a significant role in a student’s ability to achieve age-appropriate literacy.

“What we did find was that these school contextual factors – school-level poverty, district-level poverty within our schools, or rural schools – those were all significantly related to student achievement,” Vagi said.

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