School success and age of entry into kindergarten for English language learners

The age at which students enter kindergarten and their subsequent academic success has been a topic of concern in the education field for years. Many educators and parents believe children who enter kindergarten at a later age are socially and emotionally more mature, and therefore at a better developmental stage to learn the academic content necessary to be successful in a twenty-first century kindergarten classroom. There has been an abundance of research investigating the correlation of school entry age and academic success on the general population. The purpose of this thesis is to identify a correlation between school entry age and academic proficiency in English Language Arts and English language development for English language learners. Key Words: kindergarten, entry age, English learner, readiness, red-shirting