The school struggles of foster kids were found to result in a large achievement gap, according to a recent study of Arizona’s foster children.
In Arizona, researchers found that foster children have the highest dropout rate in the state, and are among the lowest graduation rates. One in seven children attended three or more schools during the 2012-2013 school year, and forty percent of the state’s foster children changed schools during that year.
“I hope it does highlight their great need for support,” said Vanessa Barrat, a lead researcher. The study was conducted by WestEd, a San Francisco based organization.
“I think that what is important to realize is that this study is a first step, but it’s an important first step.”
The study requested by the Arizona Community Foundation and FosterEd, a foster youth education program based in Pima County was supported with data from the Arizona Department of Education and the state’s Department of Child Safety.