Issue #263
24 Oct 2021
Compulsory education systems usually specify a cutoff date regulating the precise age for entry into primary school. Existing literature from the USA and Europe has demonstrated that children born just before the cutoff date are disadvantaged in academic performance and has formalized this phenomenon as the “age position effect.”
Fascinating study, and one wonders how significant age position effect might have for cumulative advantages and disadvantages thrown up by an education system we now know is optimised for getting parents back into the workplace.