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ERIC Number: ED492310
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jul
Pages: 22
Abstractor: Author
Grade Retention: What's the Prevailing Policy and What Needs to Be Done? A Center Policy & Practice Analysis Brief
Center for Mental Health in Schools at UCLA
This is a long-standing problem in our "age-graded" school system. And, it continues to be one of the most contentious issues in public education. Neither grade retention nor social promotion are recipes for narrowing the achievement gap or reducing dropouts. It is time for policy that doesn't "wait for failure;" it's time for a policy that doesn't react in ways that end up being more punitive than corrective. This brief provides a quick overview of issues related to grade retention and then frames directions for policy and practice in ways that go beyond retention and social promotion. Appended are: (1) State Policies for Promotion/Prevention; (2) Guides for Practices to Counter the Need for Grade Retention. (Contains 2 exhibits.) [This report was produced by the UCLA School Mental Health Project / Center for Mental Health in Schools.]
Center for Mental Health in Schools at UCLA. Department of Psychology, Franz Hall, 405 Hilgard Avenue, Box 951563, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1563. Tel: 310-825-3634; Fax: 310-206-8716; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Health Resources and Services Administration (DHHS/PHS), Washington, DC. Maternal and Child Health Bureau.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Los Angeles. Center for Mental Health in Schools.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A