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Children who learn to read later do catch up

RESEARCHERS IN NEW ZEALAND HAVE explored whether children who start learning to read relatively late catch up. Their results show that by age ten, children who had learned to read at seven (in Steiner schools) had caught up with other children who began learning to read at five. Later starters had no long-term disadvantages, and actually had slightly better reading comprehension skills. This research, the authors say, suggests some focus on the early teaching of reading could be relaxed.

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May 2013