Dropping Retention Rates

Grade retention has always been a big deal in Chicago, so you might be interested to see the data table from a new University of Minnesota study showing grade by grade, state by state, grade retention rates for Illinois. Does this track with what's happening at your school, in your classroom, and CPS-wide? As you can see, first grade is the year most kids get held back, and the percentage nationally and in IL has been going down (from 4.7 percent to 3 percent). State figures look like they're roughly comparable to the national averages.  Click below for a bigger version.
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