Urban Violence Has Wide-Ranging Impact on Schools

TUESDAY, June 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The effects of neighborhood violence can seep into schools and lead to lower grades, even among students who have no direct exposure to the violence, a new study reveals.

For the study, researchers analyzed data from students who attended Chicago public schools between 2002 and 2010. The researchers found that in schools where large numbers of students came from violent neighborhoods, classmates from safer neighborhoods scored as much as 10 percent lower on annual standardized math and reading tests.

The findings highlight how neighborhood violence and school choice programs can combine to spread “collateral damage,” according to the Johns Hopkins University researchers.

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