Date: Wed, 22 Dec 2004 11:56:24 +1000
Reply-To: Richard Hockey <richardh@QISU.ORG.AU>
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From: Richard Hockey <richardh@QISU.ORG.AU>
Subject: Re: OT: GPA vs. Birth Month
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This has been found to be the case in Australia where students start in the
year they turn 6. For this reason it has been changed in most states to the
year you turn 6 as long as your birthday is before 30 June. The school year
here runs from Feb -Dec.
> Take a look at:
> On Tue, 21 Dec 2004 10:28:08 -0600, Kevin Myers <KevinMyers@AUSTIN.RR.COM>
> >I was wondering if any of the stat gurus out there might know whether the
> >following theory has ever been investigated statistically:
> >My hypothesis is that students born early in the school year
> >(October-November) tend to have better academic performance (higher GPA)
> >than students born late in the school year or especially during the summer
> >months (July-August). My reasoning behind this hypothesis is that students
> >born early in the school year have had almost an entire extra year to learn
> >and grow mentally before starting
school. It would also be interesting to
> >know whether such an advantage (if it proves to exist) only impacts the
> >first few years of school, or whether the effect lingers throughout a
> >student's entire acedemic history, perhaps due to falling behind in early
> >years and related emotional impact.
> >I have no idea whether this hypothesis is actually correct. However I have
> >seen some annecdotal evidence that seems to suggest this could have at
> >some minor degree of impact.
> >Any of you ever heard of a study on this topic?
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