ERIC Number: ED307714
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
The Nation Reacts: A Survey of Promotion/Retention Rates in 40 Urban School Districts.
Gastright, Joseph F.
A study focused on promotion/retention policies, retention rates, and the problems/objectives associated with their implementation. Thirty-three of the 43 members of the Council of the Great City Schools responded to a survey that measured three demographic characteristics: the percentage of students eligible for free and reduced-price lunch; the percentage of students enrolled in the Education Consolidation Improvement Act Chapter 1 programs; and the percentage of sixth-graders scoring at or above norm in sixth-grade reading and mathematics. Findings focus on the variability of urban system retention rates; identifiable patterns of retention across grades in urban school districts; and the influence of summer school accessibility on retention rates. Appended are (1) a table of schools responding to the 1986-87 survey; (2) a table of grade-level retention rates; and (3) 13 bar graphs displaying the distribution of school system retention rates. (SI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, March 27-31, 1989).