This accumulation of research helps to illustrate that foster students are one of the most at-risk groups for poor school outcomes. Prior abuse or neglect, abandonment, and death or incarceration of a parent can impact the social, behavioral and educational trajectory of youth in foster care. While there have been a number of efforts at both the state and federal levels to improve the prospects of foster students,1 there is still a need for consistent benchmarks and common definitions to monitor progress and track education outcomes for this population.

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