ERIC Number: ED262475
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Annual Promotion Demonstration Study. Final Report.
District of Columbia Public Schools, Washington, DC. Div. of Quality Assurance.
Thirty-two elementary schools in the District of Columbia participated in a study comparing the effectiveness of the district's midyear student promotion program with that of an annual promotion program. Sixteen schools used each form of promotion. Third grade reading and mathematics scores in the experimental group did not differ significantly from those in the group retaining midyear promotions, nor were school promotion rates in June affected by the promotional system used. Experimental school principals and teachers who responded to a questionnaire indicated that changing the annual promotion did not greatly reduce bookkeeping or add to instructional time. Parents of students in both programs responded similarly to questions concerning the availability of information on their children's progress. Analysis of records indicated that students with instructional needs received similar amounts of assistance under both programs. A majority of experimental group students responding to a questionnaire preferred promotion twice a year, a plurality of parents agreed, and a majority of teachers and principals favored annual promotion. Although the study's outcomes proved inconclusive, the study did provide information on several factors involved in making a decision concerning promotional programs. Appendixes present background data, descriptions of research methods,, and specific findings. (PGD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: District of Columbia Public Schools, Washington, DC. Div. of Quality Assurance.