View Full Version : All NYC NYC Reports Nearly Fivefold Increase in Students Repeating a Grade

09-24-2010, 09:51 AM
An excerpt from the N.Y. Times article (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/24/nyregion/24promotion.html) by Sharon Otterman:

The number of New York City elementary and middle school students who failed to move on to the next grade skyrocketed this school year, as weak students faced a higher bar on state tests and the broadening of the city’s tough promotion policy.

Nearly five times as many students in the third through eighth grades are being required to repeat a grade this year compared with last year, the city announced on Thursday. The weakest performance was in the eighth grade: 5,017 students, or 8 percent of all eighth graders, were held back.

Because of budget cuts, no additional money will be devoted to the 11,321 students who failed this year, the city said. Instead, the city will let teachers devote about 37 minutes each week that was intended for tutoring struggling students to developing team-based strategies for how to address the failures. One intervention specialist for every 60 schools, on average, will work with principals to develop these plans.

Matthew Mittenthal, a spokesman for the Education Department, said the city had no plans to rethink its promotion policies in light of the higher numbers and tighter finances.

“We feel very strongly that it does no one any good to promote a student who is unprepared for the next grade,” Mr. Mittenthal said. “Clearly, we have a system with a lot of work ahead.”

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