What is it about?
My co-author and I examined income differences in the Terman sample after controlling for sex, IQ, birth year, home environment, personality, childhood interests, and adult education attainment. We found that men who skipped a grade earned 3.63% to 9.35% annually than similar non-skippers. Women did not enjoy an income advantage from grade skipping, though: -2.02% to 0.42%.
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Why is it important?
Grade skipping (also called full-grade acceleration) is a widely supported practice in gifted education. However, there is little research about its impact in adulthood. Although this study does not prove a cause-and-effect relationship between grade skipping and adult income, it does provide evidence supporting the practice. This study joins the nearly unanimous research on the positive effects of grade skipping.
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This page is a summary of: Income differences among grade skippers and non-grade skippers across genders in the Terman sample, 1936–1976, Learning and Instruction, February 2017, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.learninstruc.2016.10.004.
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4-minute video summary
A brief video describing the study's background, methods, results, and implications.
Data used for the study, hosted by the Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR).
A follow-up study that answers the same research questions with modern data and a larger sample size.
University press release about the study.
Radio interview about the study and the more modern follow-up study.
High Flyer blog post
Blog post on the Thomas B. Fordham Institute's High Flyer blog summarizing the study.
Daily Herald news story
Blurb in the local newspaper about the article.
Interview on BYU Radio's "Top of Mind with Julie Rose" about this study and the Terman study I did. Interview starts at 52:35.
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