Advisor(s) - Committee Chair
V.J. Christenson, Philip Constans, Gene Farley, David Shannon
Samples from two populations, students socially promoted into McLean County High School in the years 1976- 1979, who had not been retained, and students who entered McLean County High School during the same years who had been retained at one or more grade levels, 1-8, were compared. Comparisons of differences which existed in the two student groups selected for the sample were in five areas: (1) reported attitude toward school, (2) attendance, (3) number of discipline offenses, grades 9-11, (4) scores on the Comprehensive Test of Basic Skills, Form S, in the subtests of reading and math as measured at; the eighth grade level and (5) scores on the Comprehensive Test of Basic Skills, Form S, in the subtests of reading and math as measured at the twelfth grade level. Statistical analysis was by means of a t test of significance of the mean scores of the two subject groups. Mean expanded scale scores for the two groups were further analyzed using academic aptitude as a covariate.
The findings of the study indicated no significant difference between socially promoted and retained students in the areas of attitudes toward school, attendance, number of discipline offenses, grades 9-11, achievement scores in reading and math at the eighth grade level, or achievement scores in math at the twelfth grade level. Achievement scores in reading did, however, differ significantly for the two groups at the twelfth grade level, with the retained group scoring higher.
Education | Educational Administration and Supervision | Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research | Elementary and Middle and Secondary Education Administration | Elementary Education
Settle, John Jr., "A Study of Grade Retention & Social Promotion in the McLean County, Kentucky School District" (1980). Masters Theses & Specialist Projects. Paper 2819.