Do High Flyers Maintain Their Altitude? Performance Trends of Top Students

This study, conducted on behalf of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, contains an analysis of the achievement of high-performing students over time to understand which students maintain their “high flying” status over time. Researchers compared the performance and growth of high achievers to that of their peers over multiple years, examining two groups of students: an elementary/middle school cohort, followed from third through eighth grades; and a middle/high school cohort, followed from sixth through tenth grades.

By Yun Xiang, Michael Dahlin, John Cronin, Robert Theaker, and Sarah Durant

Foreword by Chester E. Finn, Jr., Amber M. Winkler, and Janie Scull

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