What influences children in 8th grade?

The UK Department for Education has published three new reports on the Effective Pre-school, Primary and Secondary Education Project (EPPSE). EPPSE has followed around 3,000 children since 1997, when they were 3 years old. The latest reports look at the factors that influence Year 9 (the UK equivalent of 8th grade) students' social-behavioral outcomesmath, English, and science outcomes; and a range of other measures, including enjoyment of school and anxiety. There are many valuable findings, including, for example, that students who had a "positive transition" from primary school were more likely to have higher achievement in math, English, and science. Time spent on homework was also a relatively strong predictor of better achievement and progress in all three core areas. 

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