Unequal Learning Time

According to a new report out of UCLA, students in high poverty schools have less learning time per day than students in low poverty schools.  High poverty schools are defined as those that have more than 75% of students eligible for free- or reduced-priced lunch.

Among the key findings of the report based on a survey of 800 teachers, students in high poverty schools:

  • Students have difficulty focusing or attending classes due to such high stressors as family health needs; personal health problems; and unstable housing.
  • Teachers in high poverty schools are required to spend a large amount of time on non-instructional tasks such as lunch supervision and clerical tasks.
  • Students in high poverty schools lose instructional days due to several factors among them more standardized testing than in other schools.
The report sheds more light on the disparity in educational opportunity for low-income students.

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