ERIC Number: ED455301
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Grade Level Retention Rates in Louisiana Public Schools: 1997-98 to 2000-01.
Yuan, Xiujuan Susan; Pernici, Sam C.; Franklin, Bobby J.
This paper reports on the number and percentage of students repeating grades in Louisiana public schools in the years of 1997-1998 to 2000-2001. The findings are grouped by grade, economic status, education classification, gender, and ethnicity. Grade retention trends and the impact of high stakes testing policy on student retention are discussed. Data were obtained from Louisiana's statewide student enrollment database Student Information System. From 1997-1998 to 1999-2000, K-12 retention rates in Louisiana public schools rose from 7.5% (53,358) to 8.3% (57,361). The rate climbed to 10.7% (73,740) in 2000-2001 when the LEAP 21 test became a promotional standard for fourth and eighth graders. In 2000-2001, the number of students retained more than tripled in grades 4 and 8. In 1999-2000, grade 9 students were retained at the highest rate, followed by grades 1, 7, and 10. Poverty was strongly associated with grade retention, and students in special education programs were retained at a higher rate than students in a regular education program. Special education students receiving free lunch were most likely to be retained. African American students were retained at a higher rate than students in other ethnic groups, and male students were more likely to be retained than female students. (SLD)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Louisiana State Dept. of Education, Baton Rouge.
Identifiers - Location: Louisiana