Negative effects of students who change schools

June 25, 2015 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Generally, research demonstrates that students who change schools more often, are less successful than students who don’t. Here are 2 new resources that support that:

A June 2015, report from the (US) National Education Policy Center (NEPC) titled Student Mobility: Causes, Consequences, and Solutions or PDF by Russell W. Rumberger

From the news release:  “The research literature suggests that changing schools can harm normal child and adolescent development by disrupting relationships with peers and teachers as well as altering a student’s educational program. The most consistent and severe impacts are on test scores and high school graduation, with less consistent findings on student behavior. The gravest harms follow from multiple moves and those accompanied by disruptions in the home.

Because causes and consequences are varied and complex, recommendations for addressing the issue must be adaptable and applicable to the unique sets of circumstances. School procedures should focus on reducing unnecessary mobility and on making the mobility experience, when necessary, as positive as possible.”

The Professional Library has a 2015 book by Jennifer Symonds titled Understanding school transition: what happens to children and how to help them  =>this is more from the perspective of transitioning from elementary to secondary schools and the psychological stresses that accompany that move.

Check ’em out!

Rowan

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