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Document Number: 6952

Grade Retention: Whatís the Prevailing Policy and What Needs to be Done? - This brief provides a quick overview of issues related to grade retention and frames directions for policy and practice in ways that go beyond retention and social promotion. The report argues that "[n]either grade retention nor social promotion are recipes for narrowing the achievement gap or reducing dropouts. It is time for policy that doesnít 'wait for failure;' itís time for a policy that doesnít react in ways that end up being more punitive than corrective." (Center for Mental Health in Schools at UCLA, July 2006) ...

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