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ERIC Number: EJ880663
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1057-3569
Grade Retention of Students during Grades K-8 Predicts Reading Achievement and Progress during Secondary Schooling
Griffith, Catherine Aurentz; Lloyd, John Wills; Lane, Kathleen Lynne; Tankersley, Melody
Reading & Writing Quarterly, v26 n1 p51-66 2010
Using National Education Longitudinal Study (NELS) data, researchers examined the reading growth rates of secondary students who had been retained between kindergarten and 8th grade and those of a matched comparison group of students who had never been retained (n = 878 in each group). Descriptive statistics and latent growth models revealed that the retained group correctly answered 22.27% of NELS reading questions in 8th grade compared to 22.96% answered correctly by the not-retained students and that the not-retained students could expect to answer 3.33% more reading questions correctly at 10th and 12th grades compared to 2.44% for the retained group. The article discusses whether these findings are the result of other initial differences between the groups, negative consequences of retention, or alternative explanations. (Contains 2 figures and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A