Parents wait to enroll children in school to boost achievement

08/21/2010 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

More parents are waiting to enroll their children in kindergarten until they are 6 or older, based on the idea that students who are older will perform better in school. The practice is known as "redshirting," and in 2008, 17% of kindergartners were at least 6 when they were enrolled. Some parents say "redshirting" can create disparities in the classroom, where some children are enrolled as young as 4.

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