ERIC Number: EJ792966
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
2nd Grade Again? "Social Promotion" Is an Unpopular Phrase in Education, but Is Retention Any Better?
Instructor, v117 n6 p55-56, 58 May-Jun 2008
In this article, the author discusses the dilemma between retaining and promoting students who are unprepared for the next level, and offers a solution to this dilemma. In a perfect world, every student would be academically prepared for the next grade, and there would be no need to choose between holding students back and passing them on unprepared. Of course, getting every single student caught up is easier said than done. A good start, though, is to provide interventions before a student falls hopelessly behind. Some measures, such as summer school and small class sizes, will have to be decided at the district or school level. A teacher, however, may be able to get a student started with other forms of help, such as before- or after-school tutoring, from the very beginning of the year. A few strategies that teachers can try are offered.
Descriptors: Grade Repetition, Student Promotion, Intervention, Child Psychology, Class Size, Summer Schools, Grade 2, Junior High School Students, Educational Strategies, Public Schools, Charter Schools, Instructional Effectiveness, Quality of Life, Parent Participation, Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Practices
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 6; Grade 8; High Schools; Junior High Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Georgia; Massachusetts