Could your high school GPA affect your future earning power?

Do your high school grades count when it comes to your earning power as an adult?  It appears that way.


High school grades really do matter.  According to a story from United Press International, a new study has found that higher grades in high school were correlated to higher earnings later as adults.  In fact, that was true even for students who didn’t go on to attend college.

Researcher Michael French and his team at the at the University of Miami found a high school grade point average was a strong predictor of future earnings.

Dr. French says “Conventional wisdom is that academic performance in high school is important for college admission, but this is the first study to clearly demonstrate the link between high school GPA and earnings many years later.”

The findings also found that good grades in high school are particularly important for African-American students.  Compared to white students with the same high school GPA, black students went on to achieve more education than white students.

According to the researchers, African-American kids with poor high school GPAs are less likely to graduate from high school and attend college, but those with good grades are actually more likely than students of other races to graduate from college and continue on to graduate school.”

Dr. French from the University of Miami says “One possible explanation for this finding is that African-Americans with relatively high GPAs are more motivated and determined than whites to attend college and obtain an advanced degree.”


I’m Dr. Bill Maier for Shine.FM.

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