Several articles were posted this weekend on Mlive and carried across the state in various local editions of Booth newspapers. The articles lay out the premise that income and school achievement are linked. This is not new news by any means but the 2010 census and achievement as measured by NCLB-mandated test scores appear to validate what educators have known for decades.
- level of education for each parent (past research seems to indicate the mother's education level is a greater factor than the father's)
- single or two-parent family
- English language proficiency (both for the parents and the children)
- whether the children who do not speak English as their first langage are proficient grammatically in their first language
- transiency of the family and the amount of time a child has spent in the same school or district
- whether reading is valued in the home and books, magazines or newspapers are available