Date Approved

4-1-2004

Embargo Period

4-25-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in School Administration

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Hurley, Dennis

Subject(s)

Grade repetition

Disciplines

Elementary and Middle and Secondary Education Administration

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate students in Grades 6-8 who were retained in Elementary School and tracked their academic progress since the retention. This study was conducted to determine whether retaining students benefits or hinders their chances of academic success. Once the retained students in Grades 6-8 were identified, the reasons for their retentions (located in the student's personal files) were investigated and recorded. Questionnaires for selected educational professionals in the district revealed whether their opinions on student retentions were unbiased or not. Student questionnaires revealed the retained student's personal perspective on being retained. Student pre and post retention academic records, discipline records, state test scores, and teacher recommendations, comments and evaluations gave insight on the debate of whether retentions benefit or hinder a student's education. Lastly, it was suggested to the district that the information on retention prevention presented in this thesis serve as a source to the options other than retention that exist.

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