CASCW's Larson Presents Study on Homeless Students
On Sunday November 15, Anita Larson, data coordinator at the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare, presented a session at the 21st Annual National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth conference in Denver, CO, titled "A population-level description of the cross-system status of homeless and highly mobile students". The session described a study of three Minnesota school districts using secondary administrative data from the Minn-LInK project in the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare. The study showed that students identified as homeless and highly mobile shared a number of significant attributes compared to their non-mobile peers including falling attendance trajectories in years prior to identification, more frequent contacts with child welfare, and numerous school disruptions. These findings have implications for earlier identification of student needs, improved population estimation, and local data practices, as well as the ongoing importance of understanding program reach and effectiveness. Click here to read the full report.