Research shows that education offers the surest path out of homelessness: children in quality preschool programs are more likely to graduate from high school and own homes; without a high school diploma, students are 4.5 times more likely to experience homelessness later in life; and 99% of the jobs created since the Great Recession have gone to workers with at least some postsecondary education. By more accurately measuring and tracking the educational progress of homeless students, we can improve identification efforts; better recognize and address barriers related to access, participation, and achievement; and measure state and local progress in addressing such barriers.

The chart below is intended to help you and your colleagues (1) develop a clearer understanding of how you currently track the educational progress of homeless students; (2) think critically about the data that most effectively draws attention to the needs of homeless students in your community; and (3) establish a plan for accessing or collecting data as needed.

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