The High Cost of Grade Retention – Professors Jan N. Hughes and Stephen G. West

behavioural sciences

Holding students back a year sets them up for dropping out of school. Young adults who drop out are at higher risk for social and health problems later in life. Professors Jan N. Hughes and Stephen G. West of Texas A&M University and Arizona State University, respectively, have completed a 14-year longitudinal study of grade retention, providing the strongest evidence to date that retention in the elementary grades impairs students’ odds of completing high school.

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