High mathematics and reading performance: How important are environmental influences?

Inga Schwabe*, M.R.M. Meelissen, R.A. Punter, S.M. van den Berg

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Earlier findings of international comparisons on school achievement are often
interpreted to mean that there is only a small percentage of excellent students in the Netherlands. Inspired by research in behaviour genetics, it was investigated whether Dutch high-scoring children are less sensitive to environmental influences than the non-high-scoring students. To test this, the reading and mathematics scores from high-scoring and non-high-scoring students participating in the Programme for International Student Achievement (PISA) 2012, the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) 2011 and the Progress in International Reading and Literacy Study (PIRLS) 2011 were analyzed. Contrary to our expectations, the results suggest that high-scoring
children are as sensitive to school influences as are non-high-scoring students, but more sensitive to the influence of individual socioeconomic status.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-14
JournalTalent Development & Excellence
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2018


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