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Exploring the relationship between poverty and school performance

Dr. Andrew Hegedus, Research Consulting Director at NWEA, recently completed a groundbreaking research study exploring the relationship between poverty and performance. We spoke with him about the origins of this work, implications for educators, and where his research is headed next. Hegedus’ responses were edited for length and clarity.

How did you first become interested in studying school performance?

I worked in a school district as a senior administrator in Delaware. One of my favorite schools was right next to our district office in downtown Wilmington, a tougher, urban area. The teachers and principal were on it.

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