Kindergarten entry and students with end of calendar year birthdays

October 28, 2016 at 3:00 pm Leave a comment

Today’s globe and Mail included this article Should you keep a late-birthday child back from starting school?  by Diane Jermyn,  and discusses the pros and cons of holding back or redshirting childrens whose birthdays are late in the calendar year. See also this 2016 article by Jessica Kelman When should Kids Start Kindergarten and she includes a link to a Canadian study:

“A Canadian study suggests that redshirting can have positive academic outcomes, including a reduced chance that the child will repeat the third grade and in tenth grade improved math and reading scores. According to this study by the NBER, the effects are highest for boys (who are more often redshirted) and low-income students. Additionally, the researchers’ estimates suggest that not only is delayed kindergarten better, but starting too early may have negative consequences for kids.”

The internet is full of articles about this topic; TDSB teachers may contact the Library for more academic/research-based resources. Phone (416) 395-8289 or email

Check it out! Rowan

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