primary school grades
“In these formative years, children explore their world, hypothesize, make discoveries, try new things, reflect, and bank away everything that they have experienced. This fascinating, yet random list of events, magically transforms into what we call “learning.”
As educators, we must care for students emotionally, challenge them academically, and inspire them to grow as ethical leaders. We consider the children in the Kent Place Primary School as artists, writers, mathematicians, scientists, philosophers, coders, dancers, athletes, musicians, readers, linguists, leaders, and thinkers. To achieve this, each child knows that her teachers hold high expectations for all students, while also providing her with the guidance to find success.” -Mr. Nathan Lutz
The findings suggest that countries need to put in place strategies to alleviate the impact of poverty on learning, even before children start school.
Using a large-scale household survey, we investigate how disparities in learning change over the primary school cycle. Even controlling for other factors, household wealth and parental schooling drive sizeable gaps in learning, increasing in magnitude over the school grades. Gender gaps also widen, although only among the poorest. In contrast to other countries, overage status is positively associated with learning early on, but its importance dissipates by later grades. While the importance of factors varies across states, household wealth predominates. The analysis highlights the importance of tackling disadvantage associated with poverty early, to avoid its effects on learning becoming entrenched.