ERIC Number: ED431865
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jul
When Students Don't Succeed: Shedding Light on Grade Retention. By Request Series.
Fager, Jennifer; Richen, Rae
This booklet, part of a series of reports on "hot topics" in education review the research and conventional wisdom concerning retention and promotion and includes an exploration of alternative practices that can be used to prevent failure and improve a student's chances for successful remediation. The booklet also describes how two schools in the northwestern United States are creating alternatives to social promotion and retention as traditionally practiced. The value of retaining students has been debated among educators, politicians, and parents. The large majority of research shows that retention is ineffective and even damaging, yet many stakeholders continue to believe that retention is beneficial. Schools must begin to think about student failure and success in new ways. Some suggestions are offered for school systems that are looking for alternatives to traditional promotion practices, and the experiences of two school systems in the process of change are described. (Contains 30 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR.