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  •  Reminds me of the Manhattan Beach (9+ / 0-)

    School District's solution to high stakes testing and academic achievement: kids linger in preschool or kindergarten, so they are older when going through the testing years of school. Seems to work: Manhattan Beach is doing quite well under NCLB.

    Good Morning! and ::hugggggggggggs:: to the Kula Krew. :)

    "The problems of incompetent, corrupt, corporatist government is incompetence, corruption and corporatism, not government." Jerome a Paris

    by Orinoco on Thu Jul 30, 2009 at 05:38:03 AM PDT

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    •  Letting kids "linger" helps. (7+ / 0-)

      Back in the 1960s and 70s, there was a push for "social promotion" on the theory that children who were held back in the very early grades would be "marked for life."  But by pushing kids who weren't yet ready on to the next grade, and the next, they simply fell further and further behind.  I'm not surprised Manhattan Beach has done better by letting the kids "linger" in the early years.  Getting a good foundation - academically and in terms of self-confidence - is huge.

      Good morning! ::hugggggggggggs::

      •  There were studies (3+ / 0-)
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        that showed kids who were held back in elementary and middle school dropped out of high school at a higher rate. Confusing correlation with causation, the educational establishment decided to avoid holding kids back to prevent their not finishing high school.

        Well, we've seen how well that worked out.

        ::huggggggggggggggs::

        "The problems of incompetent, corrupt, corporatist government is incompetence, corruption and corporatism, not government." Jerome a Paris

        by Orinoco on Thu Jul 30, 2009 at 10:00:16 AM PDT

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    •  "Red-shirt kindergartners" (5+ / 0-)

      Some parents, aware of the Relative Age Effect, will intentionally hold their kids back a year at the start of kindergarten, especially if their birthdays are close to, but on the wrong side of, the cut-off date. My sister in law, the comedienne, calls these kids "red-shirt kindergartners".

      (For those who don't follow sports, the term refers to the practice of holding college athletes out of competition as freshmen, while letting them practice with the team. They gain a year of physical development, maturity, and practice, and still have all 4 years of eligibility left when they start competition as sophmores.)

      •  Head Start and other programs can help offset it. (5+ / 0-)

        Even better, go to year-round schooling so poorer kids don't fall behind during summer breaks.  Having an extra two years of education - which wealthy kids do because they're essentially still "in school" on summer breaks - makes a huge difference, and we'll see on Saturday what it takes to "flip that script."

        Good morning! ::huggggggggggs::

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