Study: Homeless, Mobile Students Face Academic Risk Beyond Poverty

Several years ago I worked with a professor who was interested in the effects of student mobility on academic performance. We wanted to use a large, national data set, but I imagine our results would have resembled those of a new study using data from Minneapolis Public Schools. Researchers found that 14 percent of students had been homeless over a six year period, and those students had significantly lower achievement and growth than other students. Still, many students showed resiliency against their mobility and homelessness, although no patterns in the data explained why.