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The problem for this study may be stated in two questions: (1) What effect does chronological age have on achievement in reading and arithmetic for boys and girls in the seventh and eighth grades at the Needham School in Lodi, California?; (2) Are boys in the Grades VII and VIII able to do as well scholastically as girls of the same age working in the same grade?

The purpose of this study is to compare the scholastic achievement of a group of children who are young for their grade placement, less than twelve and thirteen years of age in Grades VII and VIII, respectively, with children who are older, and to determine if there is a valid reason for requiring a child to take an extra year of elementary school work because he happens to be in the youngest quartile age group of his class.



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