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REPORT: Early Childhood Education Influences Reading Ability at 15 years

In March, the Ministry of Education released a report based on the 2009 PISA reading findings called Reading to learn: New Zealand 15-year-olds’ reading habits, learning approaches and experiences of teaching practices (clicking link will download the full report). 

“The Programme for international student assessment (Pisa) is an international standardised study that assesses and compares how well countries are preparing their 15-year-old students to meet real-life opportunities and challenges.” The report examines the influence of early childhood education on reading scores.

The findings “show that the 15-year-old boys and girls who attended ECE, particularly those who attended for more than one year, had significantly stronger reading scores than their counterparts who never attended.” (pg. 11)