Popular wisdom, largely imprinted on the American mind by the whiny conservative mongrels of the eighties, nineties, and this decade, have surnmissed that too much social promotion takes place in school. Everybody knows, "This is bad!" Otherwise these right-wing zealots would be wrong and everybody knows how right they always are.
If you're intelligent enough to think they might be wrong, read on and click the link for the whole sordid tale.
Is Retention an Appropriate Reading Intervention?
At Wrightslaw, we receive dozens of emails every week about retention. Despite overwhelming evidence that retention does not work - and that it damages children - many school districts continue to use this outmoded policy.
If you are dealing with a retention problem, you must educate yourself before you can advocate for your child. Download and read these articles. Read the articles from the National Association of School Psychologists and the American Federation of Teachers. Make copies of these documents for members of your child's team - they support our position that retention is not an appropriate intervention.
Grade Retention - Achievement and Mental Health Outcomes (National Association of School Psychologists) 6th grade students rated grade retention as the single most stressful life event, higher than the loss of a parent or going blind. Retained students are less likely to receive a high school diploma by age 20, receive poorer educational competence ratings, and are less likely to be enrolled in any post-secondary education program. Retained students receive lower educational and employment status ratings and are paid less per hour at age 20.
Position Statement on Student Grade Retention and Social Promotion (National Association of School Psychologists) "Through many years of research, the practice of retaining children in grade has been shown to be ineffective in meeting the needs of children who are academically delayed."