NEPC Resources on Grade Retention
NEPC Review: Understanding a Vicious Cycle: Do Out-of-School Suspensions Impact Student Test Scores?
This Commentary from NEPC Director Kevin Welner is a version of a piece that was published as part of series called “America the Fixable” at the Atlantic.com. The edits made for the Atlantic.com version change the framing (no cupcakes!) and remove most of the links to research.
Review of Getting Ahead by Staying Behind: An Evaluation of Florida's Program to End Social Promotion
This series of policy briefs examining education reform in Florida finds that the results of the state's aggressive school-reform program have been mixed, and that the state's actions often do not match its rhetoric when it comes to implementing reforms.
Each of the following sections can be found in downloadable format below. The separate Executive Summaries can be found here.
Publisher Psychology in the Schools, 35
Page Numbers 404-406
Publisher Phi Delta Kappan, 68
Page Numbers 129-134
Summary The authors assert that grade retention has negative effects on achievement and adjustment, and suggest a number of alternatives that better address the needs of students.