What is it about?

Socio-economic status (SES) is a predictor of reading development. However, previous research has shown that this is explain mostly by the fact that low SES children have poorer cognitive and linguistic skills. In this study, we followed longitudinally for 2 years 500 elementary school students many of them living in severe poverty. We found that SES explains the growth of reading skills beyond the cognitive and linguistic abilities which typically explain reading development.

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Why is it important?

Our findings are very powerful because they suggest that SES has a much powerful influence on reading development and educational interventions need to consider broader aspects of children's lives, including their families.

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This page is a summary of: Achievement gap: Socioeconomic status affects reading development beyond language and cognition in children facing poverty, Learning and Instruction, October 2019, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.learninstruc.2019.101218.
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