Posted: Mon, 12/05/2011 - 9:44am Updated: Wed, 03/13/2019 - 3:23pm

Children in foster care are some of the most educationally disadvantaged students. Studies show that students in foster care experience: school suspensions and expulsions at higher rates than their peers not in foster care, lower standardized test scores in reading and math, high levels of grade retention and drop-out, and far lower high school and college graduation rates. There is growing evidence that these are symptoms of the trauma.

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Jeffrey Wittman
School Social Work & Foster Youth Specialist
Indiana Department of Education
115 W. Washington St., Suite 600
Indianapolis, IN 46204