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This report provides annual information for the 2000-2001 school year on grade-level retention in the Texas public school system, based on the Public Education Information Management System. Data on retention are provided by grade, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, gender, participation in special education, degree of English proficiency, and performance on the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills (TAAS). In 2000-2001, the state retention rate for all grades was 4.7%, a rate unchanged from the previous 2 years. Across grades K-6, retention was highest in grade 1, at 6.3%. Across grades 7 through 12, retention was highest in grade 9, at 17.4%. Disparities in retention rates across ethnic groups were significant. In elementary school, Hispanic and African American students were more than twice as likely to be retained as white students. At the secondary level, about one of four African American students and almost one in four Hispanic students in grade 9 did not accumulate enough credits to advance to grade 10. Depending on grade level and subject, between 83.9% and 94.7% of students who were promoted in grades 3 through 8 had passed the reading or mathematics portions of the TAAS. After repeating the grade, TAAS scores of retained students improved. Four appendices contain supplemental information about grade retention. (Contains 28 tables and 20 figures.) (SLD)

Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, English, Grade Repetition, Language Proficiency, Low Income Groups, Minority Groups, Public Schools, Socioeconomic Status, Special Education, Tables (Data), Urban Schools

Texas Education Agency, Publications Distribution, P.O. Box 13817, Austin, TX 78711-3817 ($19). Tel: 512-475-3523. For full text: http://www.tea.state.tx.us/research.









Author: Texas Education Agency, Austin. Div. of Research and Evaluation.

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=10092&id=ED472489







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