Researchers Find School Shootings Hurt Grades

Researchers found school shootings lowered student’s grades and enrollment rates at the high schools where they’ve taken place.

Two researchers released a study showing that student grades are negatively affected for up to three years following a school shooting.

Dongwoo Kim, a postdoctoral fellow for the University of Missouri and Louis-Phillippe Beland, an assistant professor of economics at LSU, authored the study, which used newspaper articles between 1994 and 2009 in addition to data from the groups Washington Ceasefire and the National School Safety and Security Services.

Kim and Beland found the proficiency rates in math fell nearly five percent and English standardized test results fell nearly four percent for students who experienced a school shooting compared to regular students.

Enrollment rates were also affected. The researchers found enrollment in grade nine decreased almost six percent after a fatal shooting at a school, though no enrollment changes were noticed in grades 10 through 12, according to

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