Rob Fischer on School Performance and Socio-Economic Status

Dr. Robert Fischer, co-director of the Poverty Center, spoke about how the socioeconomic status influence children’s school performance to The Plain Dealer in “Poor students can lag four years behind rich ones nationwide: See where your school district stands academically, economically” on October 09, 2016. He said “Poor parents face chaos in their lives from worrying about paying bills by the end of the month, threats of eviction or being able to provide enough food.”

“That takes a toll on parents and their ability to get things ready for their kids to go to school,” Fischer said.

According to the article,in cities like Cleveland, poverty can have extreme effects. When family incomes of $75,000 or higher 62% of parents said that their children took music, dance or art lessons. When incomes fell to less than $30,000, just 41% of parents say their children took the same lessons. This shows how socioeconomic status does not only influence school performance, but also extra curricular activities.

Cleveland is trying to do better now by helping students overcome their disadvantages. Read the full article at