How Family Background Shapes Long-Term Effects of School Readiness

Researchers have established the importance of “school readiness”—children’s cognitive and non-cognitive skills when they enter school—for their long-term academic success. Dr. Bill Carbonaro is leading a study that analyzes nationally representative data to examine whether the effects of “school readiness” vary based on students’ family backgrounds. In particular, he is examining whether the achievement and behaviors of students from higher socioeconomic family backgrounds are less strongly affected by their school readiness than students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds. 

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