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Friday, July 27, 2012

Perils of Social Promotion

During my recent travels I was able to read the Buffalo News (I am a newspaper junkie). What caught my attention was an article, "Schools look to equivalency for over age under achievers" Seems the local school board had outlawed social promotion in 2006 and now there were a lot of 16 year old's stuck in middle school because they couldn't pass and could not drop out of school until their 17th birthday. The middle schools were not able to handle the older students so the school district was trying to find a way to get them into a GED type program. Eliminating social promotion just created another problem which the schools were not able to deal with.

Does your school system practice social promotion? Just look at the number of students in the 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th grades. If the 9th and 10th grades have more students, your district practices social promotion.

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