Neighborhood homicides can have a detrimental effect on Chicago schoolchildren's academic performance, whether they witness the violence or not, according to a study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Using Chicago crime reports and the reading and vocabulary assessments of a sample of Chicago children, sociologist Patrick Sharkey of New York University found African-American children scored substantially lower on reading and vocabulary tests within a week of a homicide in their neighborhood.The story has gotten plenty of play around the country. Here's Reuters' story. But will it have any affect on Race To The Top, on ESEA re-authorization, or on the current obsession with high stakes test & punish reform strategies? Probably not.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
More on the violence/testing connection
Here's Tribune writer Deborah Shelton's take on the NYU study of neighborhood violence and its potential effect on student test scores.