Today, we take up a recurring controversy in education, retention vs. social promotion, and a new one, the Common Core State Standards. A University of Georgia professor examines the fealty to retention in our schools despite a deep body of evidence that holding students back does not improve academic outcomes. And a civic leader questions the state’s decision to abandon a collective effort of 22 states to create new tests built around Common Core due to cost, contending that the investment is worth making. Readers take up the retention question, showing why the issue remains one mired in debate.
Reform of student retention needed by Amy Reschly