Building a Research Agenda to Improve Education Outcomes for Children and Youth in Foster Care: What the Experts Say.
Berliner, BethAnn. Lezin, Nicole.
As a result of the lack of research-based strategies on improving education outcomes for children and youth in foster care, policymakers, educators, and others are hard-pressed to determine which interventions or combination of interventions could help this population transition successfully into adulthood. A starting point toward strengthening policy and practice is to clearly understand what works and what doesn't work when it comes to improving education outcomes of children and youth in foster care, beginning with a key step: building a research agenda for school readiness and success, based on strategic input from experts in the field. This Policy Perspectives paper makes the case for developing such a research agenda for school readiness and success. The paper then presents the views of foster care experts on school readiness and school success, and how these two areas of focus can impact the education outcomes of children and youth in foster care. Finally, the need for high-quality and accurate data on children and youth in foster care, and improved data sharing across stakeholders (e.g., birth families, foster families) and systems (e.g., education, child welfare, juvenile justice, health) are discussed. (Author abstract)
foster children; foster adolescents; education; academic achievement; educational research; research needs; early intervention programs; preschool programs; stability; policies