Grandparents' education gives year 3 students huge boost
The Leftist morons below have just rediscovered IQ but don't know it. IQ is a huge influence on educational success and is strongly inherited genetically. So of course high achieving people will tend to have high achieving children and grandchildren. The various "explanations" put forward below for the relationship are therefore supererogatory and pointless, though they may have some marginal explanatory power.
Most amusing is the apparent belief that schools can somehow make up for a disadvantageous ancestry. Since there is not yet any known way to genetically engineer a high IQ, the expectation is not so much optimistic as plain stupid. Leftism is a terrible blight on the brain
A student's year 3 NAPLAN scores can be significantly impacted by their grandparents' level of education, with new evidence showing that educational disadvantage is multi-generational.
Having four family members with university degrees can place a student 1.4 years ahead of their peers who have no family members with high attainment by year 3.
The study, which looked at the NAPLAN numeracy and reading scores and family background of 5107 infants aged between three and 19 months and 4983 children aged between four and five in 2004 over a decade, found that "grandparent educational attainment is associated with grandchild test scores independent of parent education" where both grandparents have high attainment.
Lead author of the study, Kirsten Hancock, a senior research fellow at the Telethon Kids Institute, said the findings have implications for both schools and families.
"It has implications for the current generation of parents, knowing that what they're doing now not only affects their own children but also generations down the line," Ms Hancock said.
"Not everyone's going to go to university but valuing education and supporting their kids is really important."
Ms Hancock said the study also "helps to show what schools are dealing with".
"There is a wide range of backgrounds that kids come to school with and it's difficult for schools to overcome that," Ms Hancock said.
"Something like 20 per cent of a child's waking hours are spent at school each year, so what happens there has to be pretty good to offset all these other things."
The study found that grandparents can contribute to their grandchildren's education directly through financial or other support, or by promoting the value of education within the family and providing access to useful networks.
It also found that grandparents' ability to contribute differs by country, and that Australian grandparents have plenty of opportunities to provide a financial boost by helping with school fees and costs or supporting extracurricular activities.
"Enrolment in private education is also substantially higher in Australia than in other countries, with almost 40 per cent of students attending non-government schools compared with an OECD average of 15 per cent," the paper states.
"Grandparents may also help parents to secure housing in the catchment areas of desirable public schools, either by providing financial support, or by providing free childcare that enable parents to generate more income and have greater choice with respect to housing."
The advantage provided by well-educated grandparents and parents tends to be concentrated in some families, with people with high educational attainment likely to partner with people who have similar levels of attainment.
"Such a concentration of human capital may contribute further to educational inequalities in subsequent generations," the paper states.
Ms Hancock said: "We haven't had the data to prove this in Australia before now. "For children who come from these strong educational backgrounds, they're doing pretty well. But it's difficult for schools to overcome and they need significant resources."
The latest NAPLAN results show that students across all year levels are far more likely to achieve scores in the top bands for all five NAPLAN domains if one parent holds a bachelor degree or higher.
This was especially evident in the numeracy test where 33.4 per cent of year 3 students with parents who had a bachelor degree or higher achieved a band 6 or above, compared to 13.2 per cent of those with parents who had a diploma and 2.7 per cent of students whose parents only reached year 11.