Instead of making low-performing fourth graders repeat the year, schools in Jefferson Parish Louisiana have created a “4.5 transitional class,” reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Students do intensive catch-up work in math and language arts, while also taking fifth-grade courses.
To advance to sixth grade the next year — as opposed to a traditional fifth-grade class — students must score a combination of basic/approaching basic in language arts and math and attain a composite score of 1200 on all four components of the LEAP, the Louisiana Education Assessment Program. They also must pass fifth-grade reading, English, math, social studies and science.
This makes more sense than making students repeat fourth grade with the “same stuff, same classrooms, often same teacher,” writes Education Gadfly.