Factors that prevent a child from learning to his or her full potential may be considered barriers to learning.These barriers to student achievement exist in a child's school and within the home. Many of these problems can be addressed with awareness and action,  parental involvement or community support.

Resources for the following categories are found below.   

Emotional and health 

This category includes chronic illness, chronic absenteeism, mental health issues and the opioid epidemic impact on families/students


This category includes food insecurity, childcare access, learning resource access and violence in communities with high poverty

  • Failure in Not an Option - In spite of high poverty, tight budgets, sub-optimal parent participation and ill preparation, there are schools that produce extraordinary students and remarkable stories of success. What makes these schools work so well, and can it be replicated in others? Public Agenda spoke to principals, teachers, students and parents at nine of Ohio's high-poverty, high-achieving schools. 
  • Out of the Loop - Center for Public Education (2018) Rural students and the schools they attend receive little attention in either policy or academia. No one seeks to minimize the problems of rural schools. But, at least from a national perspective, the unique needs of rural education are often obscured by their urban and suburban counterparts. However, such a metropolitan-centric attitude neglects a significant portion of the student population. 

Parental Involvement

This category includes parent and family involvement

  • Best Practices in Engaging Diverse Families - Hanover Research (2016) examines literature and case studies on engaging diverse families in public, K12 settings. It focuses in particular on the experiences and needs of large, urban public school districts, and on the experiences and needs of African-American and Hispanic families.