Retention in elementary school can leave lasting scars

Posted on September 30, 2014

Student retention is when a child is “held back” from graduating to the next grade at the end of the school year. It’s often done because the student’s grades aren’t equivalent to their peers, whether it be due to their development or academic level. It has been believed that hold a child back in their current grade will help them catch up in their development level. A provocative new study suggest the practice of retaining children in primary grades may have unintended consequences.

The scarring effects of primary-grade retention operate mainly at high school completion. For example, retaining a child in early primary school reduces his or her odds of high school completion by about 60 percent.

The best hopes for recovery come relatively early in the educational career, the researchers suggested.

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Category(s):Child Development

Source material from Psych Central