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BMC Health Serv Res. 2011 Aug 18;11:197. doi: 10.1186/1472-6963-11-197.

Early identification of young children at risk for poor academic achievement: preliminary development of a parent-report prediction tool.

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Division of Primary Care Pediatrics, State University of New York at Stony Brook and Stony Brook Long Island Children's Hospital, Stony Brook, NY, USA. susmita.pati@stonybrook.edu

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Early school success is clearly related to later health. A prediction index that uses parent report to assess children's risk for poor academic achievement could potentially direct targeted service delivery to improve child outcomes.

METHODS:

We obtained risk factors through literature review and used the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979 Child Files to examine the predictive associations of these factors with academic achievement scores.

RESULTS:

Twenty predictors were identified including four strong predictors (maternal education, child gender, family income, and low birth weight). Significantly, 12 predictors explained 17-24% of score variance.

CONCLUSIONS:

Parent-reported factors provide predictive accuracy for academic achievement.

PMID:
21851586
PMCID:
PMC3173303
DOI:
10.1186/1472-6963-11-197
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