ERIC Number: ED369607
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Mar
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Grade Retention and Parental Aspirations for Students with Learning Disabilities.
A survey examined the grade retention of learning disabled students in North Dakota and parental aspirations for these students at the postsecondary level. Questionnaires were completed by 251 parents of learning disabled students in grades K-12 in 3 North Dakota regional consortia for special education services. About half reported that their child had experienced retention between kindergarten and eighth grade. Of those retained, 76 percent were retained prior to placement in special education. Parents of students who were retained were less likely to expect their child to attend a 4-year postsecondary institution than were parents of nonretained students with learning disabilities. Of parents aspiring to a 4-year postsecondary institution, 60.8 percent were parents of nonretained learning disabled students. However, 57 percent of parents of retained learning disabled students expected their child to attend a vocational/technical program or junior college. Only 4 percent of parents expected their child to go straight from high school to a job. Results suggest the probability that retention is being used as a prereferral strategy for students prior to identification of learning disabilities.
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: North Dakota