See Dick go to high

See Dick go to high school
Education researchers say students do worse if they’re held back than if they’re promoted without knowing grade-level skills. But here’s a depressing stat in a good Hartford Courant story on how schools are trying to help students who aren’t ready to move on.

When the state took over Hartford’s schools six years ago, it identified ending “social promotion” as one of its primary goals. But trustees ultimately backed off, and test scores show that social promotion is alive and well in Hartford. Results from the Stanford Achievement Test show that last fall almost as many ninth-graders were reading at the third-grade level as at the ninth-grade level.

As long as it’s hard to teach reading to some first, second and third graders, and possible to promote illiterates, Hartford will have ninth graders who can’t read.

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