A new report out Monday confirms the link between poverty and student performance.

Analysts found that the Performance Index scores on the most recent Ohio school district report cards were higher in suburban school districts that also have the highest average incomes and lowest poverty rates.

“The research has always indicated that children who are living in poverty, especially homeless children, are usually two or three years behind their peers that have stable environments,” said Marcia Zashin, PhD.

Zashin is director of Project ACT, Action for Children and Youth in Transition, which served 3,656 homeless Cleveland Metropolitan School District students last year. The program provides the children with whatever they need to succeed from clothing and food to school supplies.

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