From press reports
In 1960, classes of 1960-63 took part in Project Talent, a national
study of 440,000 American teenagers across the country; Study is
reconnecting with participants ahead of historic follow-up study.
Fifty-three years after the landmark Project Talent study was first
administered, researchers are seeking the classes 1960-63 from Nanih
Waiya High School to discover what became of their lives.
In 1960, Project Talent assessed the aptitudes and abilities, hopes
and expectations of 440,000 high school students from across America.
The study was conducted by the American Institutes for Research (AIR)
and the United States Office of Education.
“The Project Talent generation is very important in the history of
says Sabine Horner, Project Talent’s Director of Outreach and
Communications. “They came of age during an era of great upheaval and
they transformed the United States as we knew it. Project Talent is
an opportunity to share their perspectives and experiences in a
meaningful way that can benefit future generations.”
Large studies that follow people from adolescence to retirement are
both rare and extremely valuable. They allow researchers to make
connections between early life experiences and later life outcomes. A
new follow-up study can tell us how family and educational background
impact the life course, up to and including the retirement process.
Researchers can also learn why certain people stay healthier and
happier and are more able to enjoy their later life.
Members of the classes of 1960-1963 from Nanih Waiya High School are
asked to contact Project Talent to register their interest and
provide details of where they can be contacted to receive further
“We are also interested in any information that can be provided about
the whereabouts of other classmate,” noted the researchers.
About the American Institutes for Research
Established in 1946, with headquarters in Washington, D.C., the
American Institutes for Research (AIR) is a nonpartisan, not-for-
profit organization that conducts behavioral and social science
research and delivers technical assistance both domestically and
internationally in the areas of health, education, and workforce
productivity. For more information, visit www.air.org.