Selected Moments of the 20th Century

A work in progress edited by Daniel Schugurensky
Department of Adult Education and Counselling Psychology,
The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto (OISE/UT)

1996

President Clinton calls to end social promotion and reinstate grade repetition in U.S. schools

This year, in his annual State of the Union address, President Clinton called for an end to social promotion (the practice to allow students to pass to the next grade with their peers, regardless of academic performance) and reinstate the practice of retention (also known as grade repetition) for students who do not meet the required academic standards. For more information on President Clinton's argument, see the summary of the official document of the Department of Education of the USA, entitled Taking Responsibility for Ending Social Promotion: A Guide for Educators and State and Local Leaders (May 1999).

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