Grade Retention

David, Jane L.
March 2008
Educational Leadership;Mar2008, Vol. 65 Issue 6, p83
The article focuses on the concept of grade retention in a school system. According to the author, teachers and policymakers have debated on the issue whether struggling students benefit more from repeating a grade or from moving ahead with their same age peers. Under the issue, retention advocates argue saying that the student who could not succeed in first level will have an even harder time succeeding in second level. However, because of the expenses to add a year of schooling for substantial number of students, schools set a passing criteria that insures that most students proceed through the grades at the expected rate.


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