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ERIC Number: ED046043
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
Pages: 12
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On the Validity of Non-Promotion as an Educational Procedure.
Gaite, A. J. H.
The validity of the argument that non-promotion and subsequent repetition of the work in a grade will lead to an improvement in performance was examined. The subjects were 642 students in grades 8-11. The data was derived from the year-end marks that each student received in the subject areas, upon which the decision to promote or retain was made. Two sets of data were collected for each subject area, Yr. I and Yr. II, and these were compared for differences. The results indicated that while repeating students did show significant improvement in some subject areas (Yr. I: Yr. II: p.<.01) this was not true of all subject areas. Further, even in cases of significant improvement the gain was hardly sufficient to justify a whole years extra work. Students repeating a whole grade and thus retaking in some cases subject matter that they had successfully completed once, showed a marked drop in performance. It was concluded that non-promotion could not be justified on the grounds that it would result in a meaningful improvement in performance as this is reflected in scholastic evaluative procedures. (Author)
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Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison.