Chicago relaxes social promotion policies

03/26/2004 | NYTimes.com

Wednesday, the Chicago Board of Education decided to cap the number of times students could repeat grades and eliminate using math scores as a basis for holding students back. The changes pre-empt the imminent publication of two major studies that found the school system's strict promotion policies had not raised third-graders' test scores and, in most cases, had lowered those of sixth-graders.

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