Apr 26

Infographics on student homelessness to share

The following infographics help illustrate what we know about student homelessness in Washington state and its impact. We invite you to use and share these infographics to help spread the news about students experiencing homelessness in Washington, and ways to help them succeed!

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Infographics produced by Schoolhouse Washington in partnership with Seattle University’s Project on Family Homelessness. Digital Designer: Mandy Rusch (SU ’17)

1 in 27 students in Washington State is experiencing homelessness
Calculation based on 39,671 homeless students out of a total student population of 1,075,203 in 2015-2016. Dyer, Melinda, and Jordyn Green. “Homeless Student Data: 2015-16.” Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. Table 3, p. 5. Retrieved from: http://www.k12.wa.us/LegisGov/2017documents/2017-01-HomelessEducation.pdf

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1 in 27 students in Washington State is experiencing homelessness
Dyer, Melinda, and Jordyn Green. “Homeless Student Data: 2015-16.” Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. Table 3, p. 5. Retrieved from: http://www.k12.wa.us/LegisGov/2017documents/2017-01-HomelessEducation.pdf

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50% of homeless students in Washington State are in elementary school or younger (Pre-K to Grade 5)
Dyer, Melinda, and Jordyn Green. “Homeless Student Data: 2015-16.” Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. Table 4, p. 6. Retrieved from: http://www.k12.wa.us/LegisGov/2017documents/2017-01-HomelessEducation.pdf

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Housing instability at ages pre-k to grade 5 triggers toxic stress, which can result in lifelong mental and physical disorders.
Harvard University Center on the Developing Child. “Toxic Stress.” Retrieved from: http://developingchild.harvard.edu/science/key-concepts/toxic-stress/

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Children who are homeless in the U.S. typically change schools multiple times a year, losing 4-6 months of learning with each move.
Duffield, B., Heybach, Laurene M, Julianelle, Patricia F, Horton-Newell, Amy, Trupin, Casey, & American Bar Association. Commission on Homelessness Poverty. (2009). Educating children without housing : A primer on legal requirements and implementation strategies for educators, advocates and policymakers : Pursuant to the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (3rd ed.). pp. 22-23.

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More than 25% of all Washington students experiencing homelessness are living in shelters, motels, or places not meant for human habitation.
Calculation based on 10,729 homeless students living in motels/hotels, in shelters, or unsheltered out of 39,671 total homeless students in 2015-2016. Dyer, Melinda, and Jordyn Green. “Homeless Student Data: 2015-16.” Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. Table 2, p. 5. Retrieved from: http://www.k12.wa.us/LegisGov/2017documents/2017-01-HomelessEducation.pdf

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High School graduation rate for Washington's class of 2016: Homeless students is 53.2% vs all students at 79.1
Dyer, Melinda, and Jordyn Green. “Homeless Student Data: 2015-16.” Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. Table 11, p. 9. Retrieved from: http://www.k12.wa.us/LegisGov/2017documents/2017-01-HomelessEducation.pdf

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