The Correlation Between Low Income And Education

1685 WordsMar 7, 20177 Pages
Introduction The correlation between low-income families and education has been overlooked by many including political leaders. They often believe that with better education, comes the less likelihood of poverty. The problem is that some children are already a part of a low-income family and have to work through all the conditions that it comes with. It’s highly more visible living in New Mexico than in our higher income counter states. As an educator and someone who is friends with other educators, it’s a problem we see all too often. A friend of mine works at an elementary that is predominantly low income and is constantly plagued with the difficulty it brings. Both behavioral issues and lower testing scores are apparent in…show more content…
On the 8th-grade math test, just 23% of New Mexico’s children tested as proficient or above, placing it ahead of only three states: Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi. All of the worst performers nationally share one central characteristic with New Mexico: they all have high rates of child poverty. The achievement gap between poor and non-poor students is growing. Among children born in 2001, the achievement gap between high and low-income families is 30 to 40 percent larger than among those children born 25 years earlier (“Alleviating Poverty,” 2014). New Mexico has one of the highest rates of child poverty in the country: 31% of New Mexico’s children live at or below the federal poverty level. This places New Mexico’s child poverty rate far above the national child poverty rate average of 23% and ranks New Mexico 49th in the country (ahead of only Mississippi). A full 67% of New Mexican school children are designated as low-income, meaning they are eligible for free or reduced lunch, the second highest rate in the country (again ahead of only Mississippi), and far above the national average of 48%. The connection between child poverty and poor academic performance and the growing achievement gap between students based on their economic class are of particular concern to New Mexico. According to national standardized tests, the achievement gap in New Mexico between low-income and nonlow-income children ranges from 21 to 28 percentage
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