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Beyond Free Lunch: Which Family Background Measures Matter?
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Most studies of school achievement use free-lunch eligibility or other basic indicators to adjust for differences in students' socioeconomic backgrounds. This study determines whether these variables are enough to separate the confounding effects of students' backgrounds from the main variables of interest in education studies. The Early Childhood Longitudinal Study dataset from the kindergarten class cohort of 1998-99 (ECLS-K) provides an unusually vast array of information regardingdoi:10.14507/epaa.v18n11.2010 fatcat:m6ueruphb5ai5m7mdckvbtkgla