Student Achievement

In Education & Informed Community Members, Individual & Family Prosperity, Thriving Kids by Liza

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In both Oregon and Washington, students take their first standardized statewide tests in third grade. Student achievement on these tests reflects the success of early childhood programs (pre-K through third grade) and foreshadows the future successes—or challenges—of the child and of her/his cohort. Family income and health strongly influence a child’s academic success, which in turn influences his/her prosperity and health later in life.[i] Health is a particularly strong determinant of student success, as access to medical care and good health can affect a child’s ability to attend, pay attention, and learn in school.[ii]

[i] Abdurrahman Aktop, (2010) “socioeconomic Status, Physical Fitness, Self-concept, Attitude toward Physical Education, and Academic Achievement of Children,” Perceptual and Motor Skills 110 (2010): 531-546.
Selcuk Sirin, “Socioeconomic Status and Academic Achievement: A Meta-Analytic Review of Research,” Review of Educational Research 75, no. 3 (2005): 417-453.
[ii] Carol Costante, “Healthy Learners: The Link between Health and Student Achievement,” American School Board Journal (2002).