Student mobility -- the frequent moving and changing of schools -- has a tremendous impact on educational outcomes and well-being of children and their families.
This page contains information, including local studies, about this issue and also the related issue of evictions -- often a contributing factor to student mobility.
Both the issues of student mobility and evictions have received scant attention but have tremendous impact on children, families and neighborhoods.
Listen to a discussion on both issues which aired on KCUR.
In 2015, researchers with the Kansas City Area Education Research Consortium completed a significant local study on student mobility.
The study looked at students in Jackson, Clay and Platte counties. It found:
More than one in five students (36,000 students) changed schools in 2015.
Of those, more than 6,300 students changed schools two or more times.
Student transfers had a measurable impact on academic achievement based on student performance on the Missouri Standardized Assessment.
Students missed an average of four days between each transfer, with 10% of students transferring missing 12 or more days each move.
Download the study.
In the summer of 2017, Rosalie Swingle and Charis Moss researched and wrote a policy paper Creating Student Stability: Addressing Kansas City Evictions and Study Mobility as part of an Urban Leaders Fellowship through the Kansas City (MO) mayor's office.
Evictions illustrate this point: "Without a home everything else falls apart."
Listen to a March 9, 2016, interview with Desmond on KCUR.
Read a Kansas City Star story.
Here's a summary presentation of 17 years of court-ordered evictions in Jackson County prepared by independent researcher Tara Raghuveer.
The Mid-America Regional Council issued a "fair housing" report in November 2016 looking at housing in five communities -- Kansas City, Independence and Blue Springs in Missouri and Wyandotte County/Kansas City and Leavenworth in Kansas.
Key finding were:
30.2% of all households had housing problems (incomplete kitchen or bathroom, more than one person per room or housing costs which were more than 30% of income)
12.6% had a severe housing cost burden and were paying more than 50% of their income on housing.
Preliminary research on evictions in the Kansas City area has been done by Tara Raghuveer, who grew up in the metropolitan area and was a student of Desmond.
Her research included field work, analyzing data from the Kansas City housing courts, and interviewing landlords and tenants.
Below is a video of a presentation she gave Nov. 7, 2017 to the City of Kansas City Mo. City Council. Get the presentation slides.
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