ERIC Number: ED417382
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-May
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Retention and Its Effect on Low Level Readers.
Colby, Susan S.
A study investigated whether retention is an effective method for remediating low-level readers. It was hypothesized that there would not be a significant difference in reading test scores of low level readers between those who were retained in second grade and those who were promoted to third grade. The Metropolitan Achievement Test was used as a pretest in second grade. Students who scored less than the 50th percentile on the total reading score were selected as subjects. Of the 20 students in an urban elementary school, 3 were retained in the second grade, and 17 were promoted to the third grade. The Metropolitan Achievement Test was administered again in the subjects' third grade year. The national percentile for the total reading score was used to compare the retained and nonretained students. As hypothesized, there was not a significant difference in reading scores between the retained and nonretained subjects. A major limitation was a very small sample size. (Contains 38 references and 2 tables of data; a table of data is attached.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Metropolitan Achievement Tests