Colorado legislature, school districts debate effectiveness of having struggling students repeat a grade
It can be emotional and controversial, but Colorado may soon find out whether the prospect of retention — having struggling students repeat a grade rather than have “social promotion” move them on with their peers — might also spur parents and schools to more effectively focus on early literacy.
Though experts remain divided on whether retention helps or hinders students over time, several states are considering policies that would employ the practice to ensure that students don’t move ahead without a firm academic foundation.
What do you think? Should students who who aren’t performing at grade level be held back, or allowed to progress?