Friday, January 14, 2011

Social Promotion vs. Retention: What do you think? « Failing Schools

Social Promotion vs. Retention: What do you think? « Failing Schools

Social Promotion vs. Retention: What do you think?

JANUARY 14, 2011
by Sabrina

This question came up in the comments on our last post, on Twitter, and elsewhere. It’s a tough one, and the research appears mixed (though I’m not as well-versed on this as I’d like to be– if you have a better handle on it, please weigh in!).

On the one hand, there is a strong relationship between retention and poor student outcomes (persistent low performance, dropping out, etc.). On the other hand, the idea of moving students forward when they haven’t mastered the skills we’ve decided they need in the next grade seems counterintuitive. Aren’t we just setting them up for failure?

On some other crazy third hand (or foot? Can we use our feet

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