School Study: Kindergarten Success Linked to Achievement a Decade Later

February 5, 2020

By Max Londberg, Cincinnati Enquirer

Children who are ready for kindergarten have a better shot at academic success years later, even through high school, according to a new study.

The study was conducted by an initiative within United Way of Greater Cincinnati, Success by 6, and a research arm of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Findings included a positive link between kindergarten readiness and several academic outcomes, some coming more than a decade after kindergarten.

Cincinnati Public Schools provided data for the study.

Researchers identified a group of about 8,000 CPS students who entered kindergarten in 2004 through 2006, which decreased to about 2,000 students by graduation due to reasons such as student mobility. 

The original group of students were characterized as ready for kindergarten or not based on their performance on a standardized literacy test.

Those considered ready for kindergarten were more likely to score well on third grade tests, eighth grade tests and ACT exams and had a greater likelihood of graduating on time, the study found.

Laura Mitchell, the superintendent of CPS, welcomed the study findings.

"Kindergarten readiness is a key predictor of future academic achievement. This study paints this picture so vividly, and I couldn’t be more excited about the results," Mitchell said in a statement.

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