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Researchers believe academic future could be outlined by age 8

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2011 16:17 PM

Some people may wonder why students are given standardized tests so early, but it could be for a number of reasons. For example, mapping out students' academic progress throughout their lives is key to determining if they're on the same level of achievement as their peers. Additionally, recognizing low test scores at a young age could help with an early intervention.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that by 8 years old, researchers from Arizona State University believe it's possible to determine one's academic future. However, there are factors that could save the student from a lifetime of poor academic performance such as changing schools, getting help from a talented teacher and maturity.

The Quad City Times reports that the study was conducted as a project of the Voices of Illinois Children, in order to shed light on the fact that many children in the state are not receiving the academic support they need at an early age. The statewide average of proficiency at a 3rd grade level is 74 percent.