"The most important thing that parents can do is talk and read to their children. During the toddler and preschool years, it is critical to provide children with different language and reading experiences."(G. Reid Lyon, PhD, Chief of the Child Development and Behavior Branch within the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development)While knowing how to read is essential for day-to-day survival, developing a passion to read opens new worlds for children. By reading, children can acquire all the knowledge, skills and values essential for their success in school and in life. | |
About 20 to 30 percent of school-age children have difficulties learning to read? At this young age, this can be embarrassing for them, and can result in low motivation and self-esteem. Children who are most at risk for reading difficulties are those who were not read to at home.
Academic achievement or (academic) performance is the outcome of education — the extent to which a student, teacher or institution has achieved their educational goals.
Academic achievement is commonly measured by examinations or continuous assessment but there is no general agreement on how it is best tested or which aspects are most important — procedural knowledge such as skills or declarative knowledge such as facts.
In California, the achievement of schools is measured by the Academic Performance Index.
Individual differences influencing academic performance
Individual differences in academic performance have been linked to differences in intelligence and personality. Students with higher mental ability as demonstrated by IQ tests (quick learners) and those who are higher in conscientiousness (linked to effort and achievement motivation) tend to achieve highly in academic settings. A recent meta-analysis suggested that mental curiosity (as measured... [continues]
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