Study: Retention may offer promise for some students

03/23/2004 | Washington Post (tiered subscription model), The

According to a new study of remedial and retention programs in Chicago, holding students back may help some struggling children boost their academic performance. Researchers found that third-graders who attended summer school and then repeated the grade registered a gain of roughly 20% of a year's worth of learning in reading, when compared with children of similar achievement levels and backgrounds who were promoted.

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