President Bill Clinton’s latest education proposals have been getting him enthusiastic applause. But on one point, at least, we should be wary.
In his 1999 State of the Union address, Mr. Clinton objected strongly to social promotion—passing students to the next grade level even when they haven’t learned very much—and he lauded the “retention” program now being used in Chicago as proof that flunking students improves achievement.
RETENTION IS INEFFECTIVE
One problem with the President’s pitch is that no comprehensive evaluation has been...
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