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ERIC Number: ED526910
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Nov
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 7
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-7810-5031-6
ISSN: N/A
Better Communication Research Programme: Language and Literacy Attainment of Pupils during Early Years and through KS2: Does Teacher Assessment at Five Provide a Valid Measure of Children's Current and Future Educational Attainments? Research Brief. DFE-RB172a
Snowling, Margaret J.; Hulme, Charles; Bailey, Alison M.; Stothard, Susan E.; Lindsay, Geoff
Department for Education
It is well-established that language skills are amongst the best predictors of educational success. Consistent with this, findings from a population-based longitudinal study of parents and children in the UK indicate that language development at the age of two years predicts children's performance on entering primary school. Moreover, children who enter school with poorly developed speech and language are at high risk of literacy difficulties and educational underachievement is common in such children. Whatever the origin of children's problems with language and communication, the poor educational attainment of children with language learning difficulties is an important concern for educational policy. The research to be reported here addressed the question of whether teacher assessment and monitoring could be used to identify children with language difficulties in need of early interventions. Key findings include: (1) Children with poor language and literacy development at 5 years are at substantial risk of low achievement at 7 years; (2) A revised version of the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile focussing on Communication, Language and Literacy is highly predictive of children's literacy at the end of Key Stage 1; and (3) The research supports the recommendations of the Tickell Review to shorten the EYFSP and for a manageable system of teachers monitoring children's progress over the early years, supported by a valid and reliable tool. (Contains 2 tables, 1 figure and 9 footnotes.) [For full report, "Better Communication Research Project: Language and Literacy Attainment of Pupils during Early Years and through KS2--Does Teacher Assessment at Five Provide a Valid Measure of Children's Current and Future Educational Attainments? Research Report. DFE-RR172a," see ED526908.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department for Education (England)
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom