Report: England's poorest students start school at a disadvantage

02/15/2010 | Times (London) (subscription required), The

Poor students lag about one year behind their wealthier peers in vocabulary when they start school -- and many never catch up -- according to a recent study conducted in England. However, the report also shows that parenting might have a larger influence than wealth, and it focuses on the importance of reading with children from an early age. About 45% of poor students at the age of 3 were read to daily, according to the report, compared with 78% of wealthier students.

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