May 15, 2007
For immediate release
Dr. Shane Jimerson of UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School cites evidence that argues schools must move beyond grade retention
Having completed a meta-analysis of studies published during the past decade, Dr. Shane Jimerson, a professor in the Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology Department of UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School, asserts that a century of research reveals the deleterious effects of grade retention (the practice of making a student repeat the same grade). Jimerson claims the most recent research indicates that compared to similar students that are promoted, retained students are worse off. Negative outcomes associated with grade retention include lower achievement, more behavior problems, and higher school dropout rates.
“Considering the research during the past 100 years, the evidence clearly indicates that we must move beyond grade retention and social promotion,” Jimerson says. “Instead, educational professionals must focus on interventions that build upon the strengths of students and target their needs. Specific interventions to promote the academic success of students are essential to meet achievement standards. In this era emphasizing ‘evidence-based interventions,’ research fails to support the effectiveness of grade retention.”
[Shane Jimerson is available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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