Student Mobility: How it Affects Learning

Article by Sparks, Sarah, 2016

Student Mobility: Causes, Consequences, and Solutions

Article by National Education Policy Center, 2015

The Unexplored Consequences of Student Mobility

Article by Jasmine Song, 2015


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How does moving frequently impact a child’s school experience?

Mobility in school-aged children refers to a student changing schools during the academic year. It is fairly common in high-poverty urban schools to have more than half of the student body turn over within a single school year according to a recent article in EdWeek. Similar situations can occur in rural communities with high migrant worker populations. The most common causes of student mobility are residential moves related to parents’ jobs or other financial instability, according to the National Education Policy Center.