A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation – The First Eight Years: Giving Kids a Foundation for Lifetime Success – reveals that shockingly wide achievement disparities continue to exist between low-income and higher-income children. Among the findings is the fact that less than 20 percent of low-income third-graders score at or above the national average for math, reading, and science (WaPo, 11/4):
Less than one in five third-graders from low-income families score at or above the national average in math, reading and science assessments, and only about half maintain a healthy weight and are in “excellent” or “very good” health.
That compares with about half of children from higher-income families who are scoring above average on standardized tests and 62 percent of children from wealthier families who are in very good health.
Related: Much of the report focuses on the importance of early childhood education opportunities. Here’s a really interesting TED talk that shows just how early human brains develop. (HuffPo, 11/4)
HOMELESSNESS | In other awful news, the number of homeless students in the nation has hit the highest level on record. Data from the Department of Education show that the student homeless rate has increased 72 percent since the recession started. (Atlantic, 11/4)
EDUCATION | Graduation rates climb at a majority of high schools in Montgomery County (WaPo, 11/4)
NONPROFITS | Following the Post’s investigation into fraud at some major nonprofits, some ranking members of Congress have declared that they will open their own investigations. (WaPo, 11/2) Congress doesn’t have a great track record with finances, so this might not work out too well.
HEALTHCARE | Under the ACA, “navigators” were intended to be supplemental resources for individuals trying to sign up for insurance. With the HealthCare.gov site experiencing so many problems, the Wall Street Journal says that the navigators “have become human versions of the online insurance marketplaces.” (WSJ, 11/1)
CRIME | Since 2006, the District has been using a network of sensors to log gunfire. Here’s a map of where it is most common. (WaPo, 11/4)
I don’t know why I think this is so funny, but here’s a quick chuckle for your frigid Monday.
On a more historical note, German officials have recovered $1.3 billion in modernist art that is believed to have been stolen by Nazis in the 30s and 40s. The collection includes works by Picasso, Matisse, Chagall, and many more.