ERIC Number: ED247295
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Do We Fail Those We Fail?
Schuyler, Nancy Baenen; Ligon, Glynn
The Austin Independent School District (AISD) is now in its third year of study on the effects of a new retention policy adopted in 1981-82. Reviewing the results of the first two years led to the conclusion that traditional methods of studying retention might not be the most appropriate. These evaluations have primarily focused on the impact of the policy change on retention rates and retainee achievement, attitudes toward retention, and the success of various interventions in helping retainees. Because retention is an individual decision, the evaluation should focus on the success of individual students--not on group averages. This year's evaluation will study the success of a sample of individual retainees, based on teachers' opinions, parents' opinions, and achievement test scores. In addition, the achievement of students in schools with high and low retention rates will be compared. (BW)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Failure, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Grade Repetition, Individual Differences, Measurement Objectives
Office of Research and Evaluation, AISD, 6100 Guadalupe, Box 79, Austin, TX 78752.
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Austin Independent School District, TX. Office of Research and Evaluation.
Identifiers: Austin Independent School District TX
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (68th, New Orleans, LA, April 23-27, 1984).