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Child Dev. 2018 Sep 11. doi: 10.1111/cdev.13145. [Epub ahead of print]

The Efficacy of Preschool Developmental Indicators as a Screen for Early Primary School-Based Literacy Interventions.

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1
University of Canterbury-Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha.
2
University of Otago.
3
University of Auckland.

Abstract

Literacy success lays the foundation for children's later educational, health, and well-being outcomes. Thus, early identification of literacy need is vital. Using data from New Zealand's national preschool health screening program for fiscal years 2010/2011-2014/2015, demographic and health variables from 255,090 children aged 4 years were related to whether they received a literacy intervention in early primary school. Overall, 20,652 (8.1%) children received an intervention. Time-to-event analysis revealed that all considered variables were significantly related to literacy intervention (all p < .01), but the full model lacked reasonable predictive power for population screening purposes (Harrell's c-statistic = .624; 95% CI [.618, .629]). Including more direct literacy measures in the national screening program is likely needed for improvement.

PMID:
30204249
DOI:
10.1111/cdev.13145

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