Special Resource Material Developed by the Center

Title: Grade Retention: What's the Prevailing Policy and What Needs to be Done? (Center Policy & Practice Analysis Brief)

Description: 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 provide 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. As with all Center briefs, it is meant to highlight the topic and provide a tool for discussion by school policy makers and practitioners.

Access at:   http://smhp.psych.ucla.edu/pdfdocs/briefs/retention.pdf  124kb; 22pp