ERIC Number: ED219441
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Dec
Reference Count: 0
A Study of the Effects on Adolescents of Skipping a Grade or Starting School Early.
The effects of being six months younger than grade level were studied using seventh through twelfth grade students in Montgomery County (MD) Public Schools. The racial, sexual, and academic characteristics of the accelerated students and the effects of age/grade differences on selected academic areas and social activities were examined using school records and separate telephone interviews with 73 percent of a sample of students and their parents. A young student was defined as being at least six months younger than the traditional age as determined by Maryland's December 31 cut off date. The group of students was found to be experiencing little difficulty in school because of age. Students' and parents' positive feelings about the consequences of early placement are discussed. The results suggest that parents and practitioners should not be overly cautious about early admissions and that many students can profit from starting school early or skipping a grade. (Author/CM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Montgomery County Public Schools MD
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (66th, New York, NY, March 19-23, 1982).