Should We Always Say No to Retention?

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Circulation: 98,627
ISSN: 1538-320
March 17, 2015

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Very few children will fall into the proposed retention category if:

  • the school completed the required assessments
  • the school correctly identified your child's weaknesses
  • your child received intensive instruction from a properly qualified teacher
  • the teacher used an appropriate research-based program

Retention is not an educationally sound practice for most students.

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate you learn that you should have a serious discussion with members of your child's IEP team about the negative impact of retention if the school has targeted your child for retention.

Please don't hesitate to forward this issue to friends, family members, or colleagues.

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Should We Always Say NO to Retention?

Pam Wright says, "I don’t believe in one-size-fits all solutions to problems. I think there are children for whom retention may not be harmful. I also think these kids are a very very small minority."


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School Says, "We Do NOT Retain! Not Ever!"

If the school district has a policy on retention, it needs to be flexible enough that the IEP team can design a program specifically for your child.


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Will Retention Push Your Child Off the Diploma Path?

Getting mixed messages from the school about graduation requirements, your child's diploma path, or a mandatory retention policy?

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