Reading, Writing, Evicted: Whole Classrooms Suffer When High Rents Upend Children
Since the start of this school year, Ordella Reynolds’ fourth-grade class at César Chávez K-8 in North Portland has lost six students and taken in seven new ones. That means 35 percent of the students she’s taught this year switched schools since September.
Students who switch schools typically fall months behind their peers and are at a higher risk to drop out, research has found. The harm is most evident for low-income students who change schools and for students who change schools more than once over several years, studies show. A high rate of students entering or leaving a school mid-year not only sets back students who move but also their classmates who experience the churn.