Childhood test scores could determine future life: research

TEST scores in primary school and early high school help to predict a student's likelihood of going to university and their earnings capacity at 28 years old, a United States study has found.

The study used a mathematical model to predict how performance on tests in Years 4 to 8 could determine a child's academic and job prospects in their twenties.

It found while teachers themselves played a role in students' later lives, statistically, the socio-economic means of a child's parents was more likely to factor in whether a student attended university.

The study revealed a better teacher resulted in a rise in earnings capacity of more than US$180 a week, but the school attended had a greater effect, of US$282 on earnings at age 28.

It also confirmed parents played a key role in the students' later achievements, but primarily through providing a wealthier home life for those who would go on to university.


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