Study: Health concerns impede learning for disadvantaged students

Successful student learning is tied to a number of health problems that affect a disproportionate number of disadvantaged students, a Columbia University study set to be released today shows. Researchers reviewed more than 300 studies on six "educationally relevant health disparities" -- including vision problems, physical inactivity, inattention and hyperactivity, and lack of breakfast -- that have been shown to impede learning, affect more students from disadvantaged groups and respond positively to efforts by schools to improve them.

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