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.
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.
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:
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:
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.
Last Modified: 04-19-2018 11:53 PM PDTLaw Library Disclaimer
We've helped more than 4 million clients find the right lawyer – for free. Present your case online in minutes. LegalMatch matches you to pre-screened lawyers in your city or county based on the specifics of your case. Within 24 hours experienced local lawyers review it and evaluate if you have a solid case. If so, attorneys respond with an offer to represent you that includes a full attorney profile with details on their fee structure, background, and ratings by other LegalMatch users so you can decide if they're the right lawyer for you.