Over at my Education Week Teacher column, I’ll be soon answering a question related to grade retention and social promotion. As part of my answer, I thought I’d put together a list of useful online resources.
Here are my choices for The Best Resources For Learning About Grade Retention, Social Promotion & Alternatives To Both:
Critical Issue: Beyond Social Promotion and Retention—Five Strategies to Help Students Succeed is from North Central Regional Educational Laboratory.
Grade Retention and Promotion: Information for Parents is from The National Association of School Psychologists.
Grade Retention: Achievement and Mental Health Outcomes is also from NASP.
Chicago’s Social Promotion Ban Quietly Fades is from Education Week.
OECD: Holding Back, Expelling Students Weakens Ed. Systems is also from Ed Week.
Designs For Change in Chicago developed a report on the topic.
Research Finds Fault with Chicago’s Retention Program is by Donald Moore at Designs for Change.
Testing and Grade Retention is a report from Fair Test.
Grade Retention: Still a Failed Policy is also from Fair Test.
Grade Retention is from Pearson Education.
The Consortium on Chicago School Research has produced a series of Ending Social Promotion reports.
This one is a bit dated, but still useful: Retention In Grade Fails Children by the late Gerald Bracey.
Several states are considering requiring mandatory retention of third graders who don’t read at grade level. Here are some articles and posts about this insanity, and I’m adding them to this list:
Schools Get Tough With Third-Graders: Read Or Flunk is from NPR.
Third Grade Again: The Trouble With Holding Students Back is from The Atlantic.
Retention Costs More, Accomplishes Less is from Robert Slavin at Ed Week.
Civil Rights Data Show Retention Disparities is from Education Week.
Hold Back to Move Forward? Early Grade Retention and Student Misbehavior is a research paper by Umut Özek.
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