To identify the indicators of persistent reading difficulties among Chinese readers in early elementary grades, the performance of three groups of Chinese children with different reading trajectories (‘persistent poor word readers’, ‘improved poor word readers’ and ‘skilled word readers’) in reading-related measures was analysed in a 3-year longitudinal study. The three groups were classified according to their performance in a standardized Chinese word reading test in Grade 1 and Grade 4. Results of analysis of variance and logistic regression on the reading-related measures revealed that rapid naming and syntactic skills were important indicators of early word reading difficulty. Syntactic skills and morphological awareness were possible markers of persistent reading problems. Chinese persistent poor readers did not differ significantly from skilled readers on the measures of phonological skills. Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
CitationYeung, P.-z., Ho, C. S.-h., Chan, D. W.-o., & Chung, K. K.-h. (2014). What are the early indicators of persistent word reading difficulties among Chinese readers in elementary grades? Dyslexia, 20(2), 119-145.