Lately there has been some discussion if the infamous word gap is as big as said in the original research. Still this new study shows the importance of language at an early age for other academic domains. This shouldn’t come as a big surprise, still it will may well be for some.
- Growth curve models revealed strong within-domain—but few cross-domain—predictions.
- Language skills predicted academic outcomes the most broadly across domains.
- In general, lower baseline skills at school entry predicted greater gains over time.
- Higher kindergarten language predicted larger gains in reading from grades 1 to 3 and 3 to 5.
- Examining multiple readiness domains together is critical for practical application.
The fourth element gives hope, at the same time it shouldn’t – again – be so surprising.
From the press release (with the awkward concept of “kindergarten readiness” included):
Research shows that the more skills children bring with…
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