"Out-of-school factors" hold many students back and keep teachers from reaching them, according to a new report.
Published by Education and the Public Interest Center at the University of Colorado at Boulder and Arizona State University's Education Policy Research Unit, the study focuses on several "OSFs" that the researchers say are common among poor students including:
1) Low birth-weight and non-genetic prenatal influences on children.
2) Inadequate health care, often due to lack of medical insurance.
3) Food insecurity and poor nutrition.
4) Exposure to environmental pollutants, such as mercury
5) Family relations and family stress.
6) Neighborhood characteristics.
The report includes authors' suggestions on how to address these factors.