ERIC Number: ED430319
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-May
Reference Count: N/A
Taking Responsibility for Ending Social Promotion: A Guide for Educators and State and Local Leaders.
Department of Education, Washington, DC.
This guide presents the Department of Education's strategy for ending social promotion in public schools. It opens with a description of social promotion and the pervasiveness and the consequences of this practice. The volume outlines the high standards that all students should be held to and emphasizes the importance of creating reliable measures of achievement against standards. The guide details how high achievement can be attained consistently through the delivery of high-quality curriculum and instruction, through the inclusion of families, and through the involvement of community stakeholders. The guide highlights the importance of starting early and providing opportunities for the preschool years. The guide calls for a renewed emphasis on early childhood and family literacy and discusses how to strengthen learning opportunities in the classroom. Some of these strategies include identifying and intervening early with students at risk of falling behind, ensuring that there is a well-prepared teacher in every classroom, using research-based practices, and reducing class size. Other possible solutions to social promotion involve extended learning, such as afterschool programs, developing ways to help students who fail to meet standards, and holding schools accountable for performance and then helping them to improve. (Contains 75 references.) (RJM)
Descriptors: Academic Failure, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Flexible Progression, Grade Repetition, Program Descriptions, School Effectiveness, Social Promotion, Student Placement, Student Promotion
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Education, Washington, DC.