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Document Number: 5673

An Evaluation of Florida’s Program to End Social Promotion - This study uses individual-level data provided by the Florida Department of Education to evaluate the initial effects of Florida’s policy requiring students to achieve a minimum score in reading in order to be promoted to the 4th grade. The authors intend to follow the same two cohorts of students in future studies to evaluate the effects of this new policy over time. The findings of this study, evaluating Florida’s program after its first year, include: (1) low-performing students subject to the retention policy made gains in reading and math greater than those of similar students not subject to the policy; and (2) low-performing students who were actually retained made gains in reading and math greater than those of similar students. (Jay P. Greene and Marcus A. Winters, Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, December 2004)...

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