Does poverty have an effect on the education of students?
Every student should have the same chance at success. In a perfect world each institution would administer the same quality education despite poverty, difference in resources, or diverse cultures. Although that is a good aspiration, it is a notion that is far from reality. Poverty plays a vital part in the resources available to each school. Resources account for majority of school’s operation. In order to ensure how much poverty affects schools, two schools will be evaluated; one school is located in a community under the poverty line and the other school is above the poverty line. The academic standards, standardized test scores, and resources available to each school will be
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This puts spending in perspective for schools that are in the communities under the poverty line such as AMES. The families of their students may not always have the financial ability to purchase supplies to aid their child’s learning. If the school does not have the funds to provide the necessary materials for learning, the students will be lacking in the classroom. AMES is spending under the average amount per student, which gives the students less supplies that the school provides. However, LES is spending way under the average spending per student for NC schools. In 2009, they were spending roughly $8,735 per student and the state average is $10,880 (Department of Public Instruction, 2009). With that being said, the resources available to each school do play a part in the disparity in education. Standardized test scores is the way to measure the effectiveness of the education a school’s students are receiving. Although standardized tests only measure one aspect of a student’s learning, it is a great way to compare their scores with other students to determine if he or she is on grade level or below. The No Child Left behind (NCLB) legislation further developed and expanded the previous accountability mandates of Title I and asked all states to develop achievement tests to hold schools accountable across