ERIC Number: ED309524
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Factors Related to Promotion and Retention Decisions.
This study examines promotion and retention standards at the elementary school level in Detroit Public Schools. Forty-eight teachers from five schools participated. Data collected for each of 420 randomly selected students included: (1) mastery and nonmastery ratings on each of the essential skills in language arts, affective education, and mathematics; (2) attendance, length of enrollment, and citizenship information; and (3) standardized achievement test scores. Data indicate that males are more likely to be retained than females. Students proposed for retention exhibited poorer attendance, citizenship, and attainment of essential skills than did students proposed for promotion. Hispanic students appear to be more highly represented in the retained group than are students who carry other ethnic codes. Citizenship ratings are poorer for students proposed for retention than for those proposed for promotion. The major recommendation of the study is strategy development at each school to improve students' attendance, citizenship, and other factors related to attending to the business of school. Appendices include teachers' ratings of skills, teachers' comments, and a sample of forms. (SI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Detroit Public Schools, MI. Dept. of Research and Evaluation.