Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

Academic Outcomes for Wisconsin High School Students in Out-of-Home Care

This report expands upon prior research conducted by the Department of Children and Families (DCF) and the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) to investigate academic outcomes for high school students in out-of-home care (OHC) in Wisconsin. Variables of interest include attendance rates, disciplinary actions, and standardized test scores in math and reading. Based on our analysis of administrative data provided by DCF and DPI, as well as a review of prior literature and an investigation of best practices and successful innovations in other states to support academic achievement for these vulnerable children, the authors offer three recommendations for improving communication between relevant stakeholders and increasing stability for students in OHC.

Policy Brief.

Additional Info

  • Volume or issue no.: Workshop in Public Affairs, PA 869, taught by Rourke O'Brien, Spring 2016
  • Author(s): Drew Curtis, Johanna Dolle, Laura Fay, Drew McDermott