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Should I Hold My Kindergartner/First Grader Back A Year in School if He Can’t Read?

Should I hold my child back in school

Should I Hold My Kindergartner/First Grader Back A Year in School if He Can’t Read?

You may be in the tough position of deciding whether or not to hold your child back a grade level in order to catch up in reading. For most parents, the challenge is determining whether to advance their child to the next grade even if he or she has not mastered the curriculum of the current grade. This practice is known as “social promotion”. The problem is that retaining a child often does more harm than good. What Does the Research Tell Us? The 2003 “Position Statement on Student Grade Retention,” from the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) states...

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