Much research has indicated that little is gained academically over time by retaining students. Even more compelling are claims that retention has serious negative consequences for students' emotional and social well being. One role the District must play is to help teachers, parents and others help students do whatever is necessary to avoid retention, by improving academically.
For some students, however, retention is both necessary and beneficial. The decision may be difficult for the parents and the child, the District can help the family adapt to the decision. What is perhaps more important is that our schools help ensure the educational opportunities available during the retention year are appropriate and implemented with fidelity.