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What Is Mandatory Retention?

School districts around the country are now requiring many students to pass tests that evaluate them on educational skills that they should have acquired by that point, such as certain levels of literacy, before allowing them to advance to the next grade level. If the student does not pass these tests, then they are retained at their current grade level and forced to repeat the grade. This policy is commonly known as the mandatory retention policy of not promoting students that are not in possession of the basic skills tested on educational exams. However, many parents and schools cannot agree on whether a child should be retained.

What Are Some Drawback of Retention?

Studies have found that retention does not necessarily help out a student's lack of educational skills. In addition, it may be more harmful than beneficial. Many students have high drop out rates because of retention.

What If the School Wants to Retain My Child?

Schools and teachers will sometimes consult with parents because they believe that a student is not ready and able to be promoted to the next grade level. This makes many parents uneasy about having a child held back in school. However, parents have many options to prevent their child from being retained. These include:

What If the School Will Not Promote My Child?

There are many occasions where parents and schools have honest disagreements and are unable to come to an agreement regarding promotion. In this situation, parents can have outside help in resolving the matter:

Should I Consult an Attorney?

A government attorney can help parents to determine the best course of action regarding their child's retention. Attorney's can help to work with school officials to determine if retention is in a child's best interests.

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Last Modified: 02-24-2015 03:39 PM PST

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