What children learn in early years provides a crucial foundation for their future academic success. But it is sometimes challenging to measure patterns in achievement and growth for young learners when different assessments are used across time or places. This research explores academic achievement and growth, and new approaches to measurement, for early learners.
Data on children’s academic preparation at kindergarten entry tell a story of both declining achievement and shrinking gaps.
By: Christine Pitts, Megan Kuhfeld
Learn what research shows about the variation in math skills early learners have when they enter kindergarten and ways to support building of these foundational skills.
By: Elizabeth Barker
This study examines academic skills at kindergarten entry from 2010 and 2017 using data from over 2 million kindergarten students.
Does entering school older give students an edge? New research suggests an early advantage may fade in later grades.
Impacts of school entry age on academic growth through 2nd Grade: A multi-state regression discontinuity analysis
This paper contributes novel causal evidence for the impacts of kindergarten entry age on academic growth in the first three years of school.
Eduwonk interviews Christine Pitts on new NWEA research on trends in academic skills of students entering kindergarten from 2010-2017.
On this podcast, Megan Kuhfeld, a research scientist at NWEA, joins Thomas B. Fordham Institute’s Mike Petrilli to discuss her recent, sobering findings about the reading and math skills of children entering kindergarten.
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