Washington State Department of Social and Health Services

Research & Data Analysis Division


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Jun 14 | 11.210 | Online Library

Education Measures for Children on TANF

The Role of Housing and Behavioral Health Risk Factors

Washington State’s TANF program, WorkFirst, underwent a major redesign in 2010 that included the development of three new program performance measures related to children’s education: 1) enrollment in K-12 public education, 2) grade progression, and 3) on-time high school graduation. This report leverages the INVEST database, developed in partnership with the Education Research and Data Center (ERDC), to investigate how key risk factors may influence these education measures. We find that although rates of enrollment, grade progression, and on-time graduation among WorkFirst children either improved or remained relatively stable from AY 2009/10 to AY 2011/12, the challenges some students faced with housing and behavioral health issues are reflected in the education data