School stability and school performance: a review of the literature

Beth Garriss Hardy


While the topic of student mobility and its effects on school performance is of growing concern to educational researchers and practitioners, there remains a notable lack of rigorous scientific inquiry in this arena. A review of the literature reveals numerous studies addressing the topic in general; however, there exists a wide range of methodology and findings. While few studies were found to target homeless students in particular, the growing body of literature addressing mobility in general can be considered to inform issues related to school stability of homeless children and youth. The current review casts a wide net for purposes of identifying credible efforts to examine the relationship between student mobility and school performance and reporting findings that illuminate the issue.

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