Analysis Finds Risk Factors Cause Kindergarten Students To Fall Behind


The Huffington Post (7/16, Klein) reports that an analysis from the nonprofit Sesame Workshop found four identifiable risk factors, including poverty, affected how well kindergarten students did, with “perhaps unsurprisingly, the more risk factors a child had, the worse he or she did in math and reading school readiness assessments.” Moreover, children with all four risk factors “were almost a year behind” and “would need to make almost twice as much progress” to catch up. The analysis used data from the Department of Education-funded Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 2010-11 that followed 18,000 US students from kindergarten through fifth grade.