Sarah Lenhoff, assistant professor of educational leadership and policy studies and director of the Detroit Education Research Partnership, quoted in Dbusiness, “Lack of school transportation in Detroit drives down reading achievements”
Lack of school transportation in Detroit drives down reading achievements
By Grace Turner
Researchers at Wayne State University have released two reports about student attendance and its impact on reading levels in early elementary school as well as implications for reopening after the pandemic.
The research, led by Sarah Winchell Lenhoff, assistant professor and a faculty member in educational leadership and policy studies in the Wayne State University College of Education and director of the Detroit Education Research Partnership, is part of a bigger effort to identify and address the root barriers to education parents and students face in Detroit. The first report, “Third Grade Reading and Attendance in Detroit,” examines the connection between early childhood absenteeism and third grade reading in Detroit as well as the potential impact of Michigan’s third grade reading law. The second report, “Why Do Detroit Students Miss School: Implications for Returning to School after COVID-19,” explores barriers to school attendance from the perspective of parents and students. “These reports help crystallize the unjust conditions that Detroit families face in accessing education and demonstrate that failure to improve conditions for school attendance will continue to have devastating consequences for our students’ educational futures,” Lenhoff says. “We hope state and local policymakers, education leaders, advocates, and others will review our results and use them to address systemic barriers to school attendance and engagement, especially as students head back to school after the pandemic.”