While rates of residential mobility have declined on average in the United States, low-income families across the country continue to move at higher rates. Children are often impacted by these moves, especially when residential moves result in changing schools. This descriptive study examines the prevalence of student mobility in the region, examining outcomes by race and frequency of moves within and across districts over time.
Student mobility is a vital topic to examine in the Road Map Project region, in particular, given the population growth in the Puget Sound region, subsequent neighborhood gentrification, and the suburbanization of poverty as youth and families continue to move farther south. Mobility is a critical factor to unpack for our region’s youth given the social and myriad negative academic outcomes associated with changing schools.
Cooley, S. (February 2016). Student Mobility in the Road Map Project Region. Seattle, WA: Community Center for Education Results.
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