By Dr. Marciene Mattleman
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A fascinating study by researchers at the College Board in tracking 1.6 million children found that those who were the oldest in their kindergarten class were more likely than younger classmates to take and pass advanced placement tests in high school and earn bachelor’s degrees within four years.READ MORE: People Frantically Alert Neighbors About House Fire In Philadelphia's Kensington Section: 'Get Out, Get Out'
Researchers zeroed in on children in the same kindergarten cohort who were born up to 364 days apart and who entered kindergarten between 1991 and 1995.READ MORE: North Philadelphia Shooting Leaves Teenage Boy Dead After At Least 20 Shots Fired, Police Say
Also found in the study were data that showed younger students caught up with their older peers six years after high school graduation when both groups were earning bachelor’s degrees at the same rate.
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The study will be published in the forthcoming issue of The Journal of Policy Analysis and Management.