The Turks and Caicos Islands is classified as a British Overseas Territory (other examples are Bermuda and the Cayman Islands). It has a population of 32,000, and its demographics are 88% black and 8% white. Like many small Caribbean territories, the Turks and Caicos Islands enjoy a high standard of living fueled by finance and tourism.
Lynn & Vanhanen do not have a study for this territory and, with the exception of Bermuda, they don’t include British Overseas Territories in their full dataset of estimated scores.
In this short post I summarize one study for the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Chris Berry (1997 ) describes the results of a British government funded school program intended to raise student performance in the territory. As a barometer of the program’s efficacy, the Mcleod Gap Test, a measure of reading comprehension, was administered to students each year from 1993-1995. The eleven-plus exam was also administered, and there was a correlation of .90 for performance on the two tests. Baseline scores were collected for 150 children in the 3rd grade. Since the original Mcleod norms are inaccessible, I use the published Australian norms for comparison (Elkins, 1971 ).
In relation to these norms, Turks and Caicos Islands schoolchildren had an IQ of 89.4.
Berry, C. (1997). Improving reading attainment in a small island state. Reading, 31, 25-28.
Elkins, J. (1971). Some recent Queensland norms for widely used standardized tests. Slow Learning Child, 18, 42-47.