Equity and Inequality Remain Key Concerns

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"At a school with 90% of the students living in poverty, and 50% of the students speaking another language, we can't forget those kids need a great effort to pull them up...more services are going to have to be provided for those intensive need schools," said Dr. Edward Anderson, principal at Tanglewood Middle School in Greenville.

OnTrack Greenville was created from a desire to address consistently low-performing schools with a high percentage of students living in poverty. According to this article, living in poverty can negatively impact a student's ability to learn, affecting their health and well-being, and literacy and language development. Lack of stable housing and access to material resources, such as high-quality preschool or afterschool care, can also limit students. 

All of OnTrack Greenville's participating community partners recognize that additional resources, supports and attention are needed to address the major challenges students living in poverty face. Making sure students at-risk of falling off track are met with the right interventions at the right time is one of OnTrack's primary goals. The OnTrack team weekly school meetings, combined with the real-time data GC Source collects, allows schools and community partners to work together, hand in hand, to wrap students with the supports they need. 

But more work needs to be done to help level the playing field for these students, and provide them with a clear path towards high school graduation and post-secondary success. 

Source: "How Does Poverty Influence Learning," Edutopia.org, Jan. 13, 2016


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