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Belief in one’s abilities early in life predicts math, reading achievement later on

ANN ARBOR—When kids believe they can succeed in math and reading, it increases their chances later to achieve high test scores in those same subjects, a new study found.

Researchers at the University of Michigan, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and Independent Scholar used two U.S. data sets—with one being a nationally represented study—and one U.K. data set to measure self-concept and standardized assessments of early and later academic achievement.

Researchers at the University of Michigan, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and Independent Scholar used two U.S. data sets—with one being a nationally represented study—and one U.K. data set to measure self-concept and standardized assessments of early and later academic achievement.

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