Table 12. Research questions and analytic approaches

Research QuestionAnalytic Approach
1. Do children who show qualitatively different patterns of school readiness skills have qualitatively different trajectories of performance on academic and social outcomes during elementary school?Latent profiles of school readiness variables-Longitudinal latent growth curve analysis of school-age outcomes
2. Are there non-linear associations between school readiness skills and subsequent developmental trajectories for academic and social outcomes during elementary school?Quadratic analyses of school readiness variables -Longitudinal hierarchical linear modeling of school-age outcomes
3. Do children who are in the low and normal range in school readiness skills differ in terms of their developmental trajectories for academic and social outcomes during elementary school?Piecewise analyses of school readiness variables –Longitudinal hierarchical linear modeling of school-age outcomes
4. Do children who have qualitatively different patterns of school readiness skills differ in their likelihood of success based on our categorization of their fifth grade academic and social skills?Latent profiles of school readiness variables –Related to fifth grade status