Students in temporary housing—commonly referred to as homeless students—are a particularly vulnerable population, given the trauma they have been exposed to both before and as a result of their homelessness. Yet their needs often go unrecognized, or worse yet, ignored in schools. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is an opportunity for New York State to focus attention, urgency, and resources on ensuring that schools enable homeless students to achieve at high levels.
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Statewide, homeless students are half as likely to meet state academic standards compared to students who have never been homeless. And the proficiency rates for formerly homeless students are nearly the same as achievement levels for currently homeless students. See the data and our recommendations for action.
Here are the quick facts and steps New York can take to ensure that ESSA provides the urgency, resources, and support to meet the needs of students in temporary housing.
Hear how schools are meeting the needs of homeless students.
Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing additional stories of individual schools that are enabling students in temporary housing to achieve at high levels.