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ERIC Number: EJ795197
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 15
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-1528-3534
Looping: An Empirical Evaluation
Cistone, Peter; Shneyderman, Aleksandr
International Journal of Educational Policy, Research, and Practice: Reconceptualizing Childhood Studies, v5 n1 p47-61 Spr 2004
Looping is the practice in which a teacher instructs the same group of students for at least two school years, following them from one grade level to the next. Once a "loop" of two or more years is completed, the teacher may start a new loop teaching a new group of students. This evaluation study of the practice of looping in a large urban school system was intended to explore its effect on student instructional outcomes, attendance, and retention rates, as well as to assess principals' and teachers' reactions to looping. The results indicated that, with respect to academic achievement, the Looping Sample outperformed their counterparts in the Matching Sample. Looping had a positive effect on student attendance and students in the Looping Sample had a significantly greater chance of being promoted to the next grade level. Principals and teachers were in high agreement that looping had a positive effect on student learning in their schools. (Contains 6 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: Teachers; Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Florida