Lead Exposure and Educational Achievement – The Impact of Low-Level Lead Toxicity on School Performance

As reported in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health in August 2016, environmental lead exposure detrimentally affects children’s educational performance, even at very low blood lead levels (BLLs). The authors concluded that early childhood lead exposure is associated with poorer achievement on standardized reading and math texts in the third grade for Mexican, Puerto Rican and other Hispanic children enrolled in Chicago Public Schools.