How and why does age at kindergarten entry matter?
Those who have spent time in a kindergarten classroom know that there are remarkable differences in children's skills. Research has shown that these skill differences are strongly tied to age, with students who enter kindergarten later in life doing better than younger entrants. Moreover, an "entry-age achievement gap" has been found to persist until as late as the eighth or ninth grade. ; In this Economic Letter, I describe possible interpretations of the entry-age achievement gap, along with their implications, and discuss new empirical research attempting to establish their relative importance.
Volume (Year): (2008)
Issue (Month): aug8 ()
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