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ERIC Number: ED538712
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 10
Third-Grade Retention: A Four Year Follow-Up. Research Brief. Volume 0706
Froman, Terry; Brown, Shelly; Luzon-Canasi, Angela
Research Services, Miami-Dade County Public Schools
This study duplicated the procedures used by Greene and Winters (2006) on data from the Miami-Dade school system with the advantage of an additional two year's worth of information. The results indicated that the effects of the retention policy are far from clear and arguably negative. There is considerable evidence to suggest that the apparent gains of the retained students may have been short-lived if not completely illusory. The lack of precise measurement and a precisely appropriate comparison group prevent an indisputable interpretation. The superficially obvious benefit of retention to some students and the equally obvious detriment of retention to others will likely keep large-scale test-based promotion policies a matter of heated debate subject to political fashion for the foreseeable future.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 3
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Research Services