ERIC Number: ED307041
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
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School Entry Age: The Effects on School Achievement and Adjustment. An Education Field Problem Research Project Report.
Rabinowitz, Linda Gross
Compared were the academic achievement, personal and social adjustment, and special education referral rates of early, middle, and late school entrants. It was hypothesized that: (1) there is a significant relationship between entry age and achievement and adjustment variables; (2) achievement and adjustment are significantly different among early, middle, and late school entrants; and (3) early, middle, and late entrants differ significantly in special education referral rates. A total of 83 students of 5-12 years of age who attended grades 1-6 of a small, private, parochial school participated. Data on subjects' academic achievement, and personal and social adjustment, were obtained. Significant differences were found among the groups on: (1) Iowa Mathematics Achievement scores; (2) scores on the Brigance K-1 Screening Test; and (3) personal and social adjustment ratings from student report cards. In addition, a significant relationship was found between rate of referral for special education service and entry age status. It is concluded that findings support the establishment of a September 1st cutoff date for entry to first grade. About 100 references are cited. Related materials, including examples of report cards, a school adjustment checklist, and a survey of teachers' beliefs and classroom practices, are appended. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Dissertations/Theses
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