Reading & Literacy Pandemic Prompts Some States to Pass Struggling 3rd Graders
As families wrestle with online learning, a pandemic economy and mental health difficulties, some states are delaying 3rd grade retention.
School Climate & Safety Opinion Schools Are Socially Promoting Students En Masse. What Comes Next?
This crisis may provide the opportunity for a bold paradigm shift in education—but only if we embrace personalization, urges Paul Reville.
States In New Mexico, Disagreement About 3rd Grade Reading and 'Social Promotion'
New Mexico is focused on improving 3rd grade reading proficiency, but state and local education officials disagree about whether parents are being adequately informed and whether students are being inappropriately promoted.
Reading & Literacy Opinion There Is No Such Thing as Social Promotion
It seems that the promoters of "kids who fail have to be smacked upside the head with their shortcomings" have hit on a recycled tactical meme every educator is familiar with: using "social promotion" as a boogeyman to drive home the point that some kids just don't deserve to move ahead to a new grade. With their peers and friends.
Student Achievement Districts Weigh Student Retention With Stigma of Being 'Held-Back'
Many districts, including Los Angeles Unified, are not on board with a national push to end social promotion, and instead use mastery of material to determine whether students should move to the next grade.
Education Opinion What About Social Promotion?
With the end of the spring semester rapidly approaching, teachers once again will have to confront the issue of social promotion. For years, research seemed to be on the side of moving students to the next grade whether or not they mastered the material because it showed that holding students back is harmful.
States Push to End 'Social Promotion' Hits Obstacles in New Mexico
New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez's proposal to hold back students in 3rd grade if they can't read at grade level is running into political resistance.
School & District Management N.C. Scrapping Policy Meant to End Social Promotion
North Carolina is dropping a policy that required end-of-the-year exams to ensure students were mastering their grade-level subjects.
States Indiana Governor Calls for Ending 'Social Promotion'
Indiana's governor is backing legislation to end "social promotion," but it appears likely to face some serious obstacles.