Performance Improvement 2013-2014. Do Children Need to Attain Particular School Readiness Skills or Developmental Levels in Early Childhood In Order to Be Successful in School Later On?

01/01/2014

This study examined the evidence for thresholds in association between children's school readiness and subsequent academic, social and emotional outcomes, both within and across domains.

The school readiness skills with which a child enters school matter in terms of level and rate of acquisition of academic and social skills during elementary school. Children do not need to reach the national average for achievement in order to be "in the running" for later school success, but the better a child's skills are when he or she enters school, the better his or her skills are likely to be in elementary school and beyond. Analyses found no evidence of thresholds in school readiness above which children showed more rapid acquisition of skills during the school years. While no children appeared to be primed for accelerated growth by being above a particular threshold of skill level at school entry, the findings were informative about relationships between school readiness skills and subsequent academic and behavior skills during the school years.

Report Title 1: In the Running for Successful Outcomes: Project Overview Exploring the Evidence for Thresholds of School Readiness http://aspe.hhs.gov/hsp/13/intherunningoverview/rb.cfm
Agency Sponsor: OASPE, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
Federal Contact: Laura Radel, 202-690-5938
Performer: Child Trends
Record ID: 9539.1 (December 14, 2012)

Report Title 2: In the Running for Successful Outcomes: Contemplating "Thresholds" for School Readiness
http://aspe.hhs.gov/hsp/13/IntheRunningThresholds/rb.cfm
Agency Sponsor: OASPE, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
Federal Contact: Laura Radel, 202-690-5938
Performer: Child Trends
Record ID: 9539.2 (December 14, 2012)

Report Title 3: In the Running for Successful Outcomes: Exploring the Evidence of Thresholds of School Readiness http://aspe.hhs.gov/hsp/13/IntheRunningreadinessSkills/rb.cfm
Agency Sponsor: OASPE, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
Federal Contact: Laura Radel, 202-690-5938
Performer: Child Trends
Record ID: 9539.3 (December 21, 2012)

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