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Document Number: 5096

Ending Social Promotion: Dropout Rates in Chicago after Implementation of the Eighth-Grade Promotion Gate - This study compares the dropout rates in Chicago before and after implementation of the 1995-96 high-stakes testing policy that required students to meet a minimum score on the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills before being promoted to high school. Those who fail either repeat the 8th grade or move into new schools called "transition centers." The author finds that the implementation of this policy was not accompanied by a massive rise in overall dropout rates as some had feared, nor did overall dropout rates decline substantially despite considerable increases in student achievement. (Elaine Allensworth, Consortium on Chicago School Research, March 2004)...

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