Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Redshirting: Some Children Left Behind

In the NYTimes we pointed out that one in 11 kindergarteners have been held back a year compared with when they should have begun school. However, this practice brings very little lasting benefit for a child.

For schools, redshirting has the benefit of reducing work (older kids are easier to control) and increasing test scores. Think of it as "Some Children Left Behind."

If you are interested in the science behind our article, see here (Word document) and here (PDF). Update: in addition, all the literature references are available as PDFs in this ZIP file.

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