Retaining Kindergartners

October 11, 2005 1 min read

A new national study raises questions about holding kindergartners back from promotion to 1st grade. According to the report, making struggling students repeat a grade can have an adverse effect.

Critics, however, argue that “social promotion"—the practice of passing students to the next grade despite poor grades and test scores—hinders efforts to improve public schools.

Is retention an appropriate or effective practice at this age? What measures can districts take to prevent struggling kindergartners from getting held back? Tell us what you think.

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A version of this news article first appeared in the TalkBack blog.