A new study suggests that the month in which you’re born may help you out in school.
New research into the age of children as they start kindergarten found that students who are older than most of their classmates had an academic edge over their younger peers.
The working paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research looked at public-school data on children born between 1994 and 2000 in Florida, which has a Sept. 1 cutoff date for new student admission.
Researchers paid particular attention to the differences between children born in August and those born in September, because that extra month often meant the students were more likely to wait an entire year before starting school.
Data showed that the September-born children were 2.1 percent more likely to attend college compared to their August-born classmates.
They also were 3.3 percent more likely to graduate from college, and 15.4 percent less likely to be get into trouble with the law while underage.
“It certainly doesn’t tell parents to hold (children) back,” Krzysztof Karbownik, one of the report’s authors, told TODAY. “That’s the biggest misinterpretation that people can draw from the research.”
Parents first need to think of the needs and personality of their individual child, and not just consider whether redshirting would give their student an academic advantage, he said.
While this is an American study I think Aussie parents may also find this info helpful for younger children who are just before the cutoff age.
One important thing to remember is “If you’re on the fence, send them to kindergarten. If they struggle, then have them repeat kindergarten.”
In Tassie the first full year of school is Prep and our cut off is December – being February/March babies my boys were both turning six when they started school full time. You can certainly notice a HUGE difference.
How old will your child be when they first start full time school?
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