ERIC Number: ED451221
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Estimating the Impact of the New Promotion/Intervention Policy. Eye on Evaluation. E&R Report.
Banks, Karen E.
At the end of the 1999-2000 school year, 9,175 students in grades 3-8 in the Wake County Public School System (WCPSS), North Carolina, failed to score at or above grade level on either reading or mathematics, or both sections of the North Carolina End-of-Grade (EOG) tests. Under the new WCPSS promotion/intervention policy in effect for the 2000-2001 school year, such students are candidates for intervention and are at risk for being retained in the same grade level. This paper describes a pilot test of the new promotion/intervention policy and describes what happened to students who failed their EOG tests. The study took place in seven elementary and middle schools. At the pilot sites, school staff provided up to two retesting opportunities for students, with a brief period of remediation before the first retest. Students at pilot schools with traditional calendars could take a second retest at the end of summer school. In grades 3 through 5 in the pilot schools, 269 students did not pass the EOG tests. After the 2 opportunities for retesting and the summer program, 78.1% were promoted, 17.1% were retained, and 4.8% were no longer enrolled. At the middle school level, of the 500 students who did not pass the EOG tests, 67.8% were promoted, 20.2% were retained, and 12.0% were no longer enrolled. These results show that, at the elementary level, only a little help is sometimes needed, since most students who improved did so before the summer program. The effectiveness of summer school was limited in helping students meet the new standard. The analyses indicate that a conservative estimate is that retention for 2000-2001 may double at elementary and middle schools, although anecdotal evidence from other counties suggests that this retention rate would soon begin to decrease. (SLD)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
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Authoring Institution: Wake County Public School System, Raleigh, NC. Dept. of Evaluation and Research.