156. I'm a grad student developing a research problem.  Do you know where I can find data on voluntary grade retention? For example a 4th grade student wants to go to a private school and is not eligible for the 5th grade based upon test scores. Parents solution is to go to the new private school but place child in 4th grade. Please note that 4th grade child is not currently failing or young for grade level. Any data on these situations?

I do not know of any systematic collection of data on the unusual problem you describe. It is not required by law since the retention is neither recommended nor required by the public school or public agency that the child now attends and where s(he) seems to be successful.

I do not know of any research on self-initiated or voluntary grade retention. What you have here is a situation where the child fails to meet ENTRY requirements for the next grade at a private school. This failure raises important questions:

Does the public school where the child attended 4th grade have lower standards than the private school for the same grade level(s)?

Is the entry test for 5th grade at the private school a true ENTRY test, or is it really a 5th grade EXIT test?

Were the child's parents informed of the negative consequences of grade retention (such as increased chances at incarceration later on in life) before they made such decision?

I continue to have difficulty with the concept that it is THE CHILD who has to have a "perfect fit" to succeed in a school program, rather than designing a school program that takes the learning needs of each child and develops appropriate groupings and instructional activities to meet those needs and to insure that all students reach whichever goals or objectives represent the maximum potential for each child to reach.

I do not have any data but I would question private school ENTRY tests. For what purposes, really? Do private schools have evidence that their own students can pass and do pass such tests at the end of the specific grade, and do they have any evidence that passing such ENTRY tests is essential to succeeding in the private school program?

If you get any answers to these questions, let me know!!!! Meantime, best wishes on your research. It may yield very interesting answers to truly intriguing questions!!!!!



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