Repeating Grades?: Some Help Deciding

SubjectBooksOne of our blog readers, Allison Morris, wrote to us and said “I wanted to reach out to connect with you about an interactive flowchart that I helped create aimed to address the topic of grade retention and when it might be necessary to consider having a student repeat a grade.”  The flow chart is part of a May 21, 2013 post on Education News titled “Holding Them Back: Is Repeating a Grade Ever the Right Thing?

I thought the whole piece was good and appreciate Ms. Morris sending it in. The article is especially important for this time of the year when parents may have to address this difficult question. As the article states:

In recent years, it seems as though more and more young students are being retained, or held back a grade, in their school. For parents who must decide whether to retain a slow learning child or send them into the next grade level, the contributing factors can be wide, varied, and difficult to sort through. Holding a child back a grade is a choice that’s most often based on one or more of three factors: Standardized test scores, poor social skills, or serious struggles with learning “the basics.” When these issues begin to make parents, educators, and school officials begin to consider retention, difficult decisions must be made. The choice to hold a child back a grade should not be taken lightly, as it’s a decision that will undoubtedly go on to impact the child’s education either way.

When you look at the chart please note that it is interactive and to see all the parts you need to click either ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ on the questions. As you will see the chart does help a parent ask the important questions needed to determine if their child should repeat a grade. Sometimes talking to an educational consultant, friend in education or a tutor can also help in making this tough choice. One should also remember that summer school and/or tutoring over the summer months can be a great solution to get a child back on track. Sure it is not an easy thing to do for the parent or the child, but the benefits far outweigh making a child repeat a grade!

It should also be noted that despite the overwhelming evidence that repeating a grade is NOT beneficial to a child more and more states in the USA are pushing for it as reported in articles in papers like Huffington Post and the Associated Press.

Thank you Allison for sending us this!


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