The relation between school readiness and school performance in Grade 1 and Grade 7

posted by / Wednesday, 25 February 2015 / Published in ARTICLES, Latest posts

Abstract

 

The aim of this study was to determine the influence of school readiness on school performance in Grade 1 and Grade 7 with specific reference to Home Language and Numeracy. The empirical study was conducted by means of quantitative research, specifically a longitudinal panel study. Through a purposive method of sampling, one school in the Free State Province was selected and the Aptitude Test for School Beginners (ASB) was administered to Grade 1 learners. A highly significant correlation between school readiness scores and Grade 1 performance was found and the conclusion was drawn that school readiness does, in fact, influence school performance in a highly significant way. Furthermore, a highly significant correlation between school performance in Grade 1 and Grade 7 was found, as well as between Home Language and Numeracy, indicating that school readiness has an indirect influence on Grade 7 performance. The recommendation is thus made that all learners should be tested for school readiness in Grade R.

 

Keywords: school readiness, school performance, Home Language, Numeracy, the Aptitude Test for School Beginners.

 

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