ERIC Number: ED228252
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Jun-30
Reference Count: 0
Retention and Promotion, 1981-82. Final Technical Report.
Austin Independent School District, TX. Office of Research and Evaluation.
The Austin Independent School District (AISD) adopted a new and more specific policy about elementary student retention in the 1981-82 school year. Students will be at least 1 year behind in their reading levels at grades 1 through 6 and/or 1 year behind in mathematics competencies at grades 4 through 6 to be considered for retention. Within the district evaluation program, a Retention and Promotion Study found that retainees gained an average of .8 of a grade equivalent year on the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (ITBS) in reading after a year's instruction, and that principals and teachers seemed to emphasize performance in daily work. The Final Report documents and analyzes the ITBS data and a survey of district teachers and principals to determine the effects of the retention policy and to compare the progress of retained students to 1980-81 levels. Policy effects on retention rates and achievement are discussed overall; by grade; and by ethnicity, income level, and other characteristics. Data from student master files, records, and reports; and case studies of 12 retained students are provided in the appendixes. (CM)
Descriptors: Academic Failure, Achievement Gains, Basic Skills, Board of Education Policy, Elementary Education, Grade Repetition, Individual Differences, Mathematics Achievement, Performance Factors, Reading Achievement, School Districts, Student Promotion, Student Records, Surveys, Teacher Attitudes
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Austin Independent School District, TX. Office of Research and Evaluation.
Identifiers: Austin Independent School District TX; Iowa Tests of Basic Skills
Note: For related documents, see TM 820 769 (Section IX) and TM 820 773; Some pages are marginally legible due to small print.