The National Center for Education Statistics released a their findings from following the Kindergarten class of 2010-2011. The study, titled First-Time Kindergartners in 2010-11: First Findings From the Kindergarten Rounds of the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 2010-11, researchers found several interesting facts, including:
- A quarter of all first time kindergarteners for the 2010 – 2011 year live below the federal poverty level.
- First-time kindergarteners born between January 2004 and August 2004 scored higher on Mathematics when compared to their peers.
- A Reading and Math gap exists between Black, Latino, Native America, and Pacific Islander kindergartners and their White and Asian peers.
- Kindergarteners from low income backgrounds performed the lowest when it came to reading and mathematics.
Researchers collected data from 780 schools around the country. They also conducted several parent interviews throughout the year. This report is the third in a longitudinal study that will follow a representative sample of American students through 2016.
Read the full study here.