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New GAO Report on Student Mobility

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December 22, 2010 08:55 pm


In preparation for the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, U.S. senators Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Christopher J. Dodd (D-CT) requested that the United States Government Accountability Office conduct a study on student mobility. The report, Many Challenges Arise in Educating Students Who Change Schools Frequently, found that while nearly all students change schools at some point before reaching high school, some students change schools with greater frequency. About 70 percent of students changed schools two times or less and about 18 percent changed three times before reaching high school. A smaller, yet significant, number of students (13 percent) have changed schools four or more times before reaching high school. The full results of the study can be found here. Check out this graph from the report that compares less mobile and more mobile students by race.

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