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Schools Matter for Student Achievement, Don't They?

  1. Family socio-economic status

  2. Level of parental education

  3. Family structure

  4. Level of parental involvement in student’s education

  5. Student IQ

Terrible Genes

here, and another one is here) But even if family background determines half  of student success, that still means the other half is up to our schools.   What role do schools play in developing the raw talent that walks in the door?  And how can school boards and communities separate the influence of schools from the very substantial influence of family background? In my next post we will look at a real life example of student achievement ... and how testing can help us differentiate between school and non-school influences on student achievement.

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