It is found in a study that children entering first grade in 2013 had significantly better reading skills than similar students had just 12 years earlier.
Researchers said,’ this means that in general, children are better readers at a younger age, but the study also revealed where gaps remain, especially in more advanced reading skills”.
“Overall, it is good news,” said co-author Jerome D’Agostino from The Ohio State University. “We have evidence that the increased emphasis on learning important skills earlier in life is having a real impact on helping develop reading abilities by first grade.”
“We’re probably spending too much time emphasizing basic skills for the low-achieving students, when we should be giving them more opportunities to actually read text,” she added..
2,358 schools from 44 states were taken into study covering a total of 364,738 children during the 12 years of the study. This included 313,488 low-achieving students who were selected to participate in Reading Recovery.
Another 51,250 randomly selected students from the same schools. The study is published in journal Educational Researcher.