Education Report Roundup

Retention Research

By Sean Cavanagh — January 04, 2005 1 min read

“An Evaluation of Florida’s Program to End Social Promotion” is available online from the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research. ()

A Florida law that prevents 3rd grade students from advancing to 4th grade unless they achieve a minimum standardized-test score has been effective in improving student academic performance, a study concludes.

Conducted by the New York City-based Manhattan Institute, a think tank that researches economic and social issues, the study found that students retained under the Florida policy scored better in reading and mathematics than their low-performing counterparts who were promoted.

It compared 3rd grade students who were required to score at a certain level on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test during the 2002-03 year, the first class affected by the mandate, and the 3rd grade class in 2001-02, which was not subject to that requirement.

A version of this article appeared in the January 05, 2005 edition of Education Week