Students in poor school districts don’t progress as much as their peers in wealth ones, right?
Not quite. A new study from Stanford University shows that the factors that are thought to influence students success – family income, structure and parents’ education – don’t always predict how much students can learn over time.
Instead, school districts in Michigan and nationwide move students forward at similar rates – about five grade levels in five years. But poor students usually start behind, while their peers in wealthier districts often test at higher grade levels to start.
Use this database to see how students performed on tests in grades three and eight as well as the overall growth, in grade levels, over five years. The '3rd Grade' and '8th Grade' columns reflects the average grade level of students in 3rd and 8th grades, respectively.
To see how individual districts compare to their neighboring districts or in comparison with those of similar socio-economics, click on the district's name. To see districts in a particular county, type the county's name in the search box.