Sandra Tang and Pamela Davis-Kean

Pamela Davis-KeanChildren of teen mothers generally don’t do as well in school as children born to women aged 19 or older, according to research featured in a Nov. 12 article in The Huffington Post. The differences in performance are already apparent by kindergarten, the study shows, and the gap continues in students’ math and reading scores in third, fifth, and eighth grades. ISR researchers Sandra Tang and Pamela Davis-Kean, authors of the study, said their research also indicates that if a teen mother kept going to school after having kids, her children would likely do better academically. “However, these children—and other children born to the mother [once she’s older]—never catch up in achievement across time to children whose mothers had them after completing their education,” said Davis-Kean. “This group continues to carry a risk for lower achievement.” The researchers followed more than 14,000 U.S. students between 1998 and 2007.