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Health & Achievement

Research has shown that meeting the basic developmental needs of students — ensuring that they are safe, drug-free, healthy, and resilient — is central to improving their academic performance. Research studies and reviews over the past decade have consistently concluded that student health status and achievement always go hand-in-hand.

The documents in this section describe research on the link between health status and student achievement and discuss how incorporating health and prevention programs into school improvement efforts can produce positive achievement gains.

Ensuring That No Child Is Left Behind (pdf)

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This non-technical report summarizes the findings from the two annual reports listed below, examining how gains in test scores are related to health-related barriers to student learning. A corresponding PowerPoint presentation (PPT) includes talking points and background information to enable anyone to make a presentation on the study results. For other useful summaries, download Factsheets 1 and 3. This research was supported by the Stuart Foundation.

Student Health Risks, Resilience, and the Academic Performance Index

Year 1 Report (pdf) The Year 1 Report describes how schools where students are low in health risk factors and high in protective factors have higher API scores than other schools.

Year 2 Report, Longitudinal Analyses (pdf) The Year 2 Report describes the extent to which student exposure to health risks and low levels of development supports is related to subsequent changes in academic performance.

API PowerPoint Presentation (pdf) The PowerPoint presents a brief summary of the results, while the annual reports provide a more extensive discussion of the analyses and results.

This research was supported by the Stuart Foundation.

Using the CHKS to Help Improve Schools and Student Achievement (pdf)

A great tool to help foster support for the survey, this document explains how the CHKS can be used to help improve schools and student achievement. It briefly describes survey content and rationale, and provides a short synopsis of recent research linking health with achievement.

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