The Relationship of Student Mobility to Academic Success in Three Kindergarten to Grade 4 Cohorts and Three Kindergarten to Grade 7 Cohorts in British Columbia (2010)

This report is part of a large research study investigating the effect of changing schools on academic success across nine provincial cohorts of Kindergarten–Grade 12 students in British Columbia. This component of the study looks at three groups of Kindergarten-Grade 4 and three groups of Kindergarten-Grade 7 students.

The statistics show that British Columbia’s students move both across school districts and within school districts in substantial proportions. Aboriginal student groups change schools more frequently than regular program or English as a Second Language (ESL) students. About 35 percent of Aboriginal students have changed schools two or more times by Grade 4, and 50 percent by Grade 7.

School change is clearly associated with higher rates of not progressing through grades, lower participation rates on provincial academic assessment testing, and poorer results on those tests, the author says. This is true for most student groups in most schooling contexts for most types of schooling change. Generally, exceptions occur among students changing to independent schools and French immersion programs, and moving to higher income school neighbourhoods.

School change in elementary grade levels is detrimental to academic success, with a higher number of school changes associated with increased risk, the author adds.

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Cheryl Aman. The Relationship of Student Mobility to Academic Success in Three Kindergarten to Grade 4 Cohorts and Three Kindergarten to Grade 7 Cohorts in British Columbia 2010. Web. 25 Jan. 2022 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/ccl/relationship_student_mobility/relationship_student_mobility.pdf>
Cheryl Aman (2010). The Relationship of Student Mobility to Academic Success in Three Kindergarten to Grade 4 Cohorts and Three Kindergarten to Grade 7 Cohorts in British Columbia. Retrieved January 25, 2022, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/ccl/relationship_student_mobility/relationship_student_mobility.pdf
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