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Charts: Student Retention Rate Drops (Was Never That High)

Screen shot 2014-12-12 at 10.49.50 AMStudent retention has never been all that high, nationally. A new AERA study shows that, after peaking at 2.9 percent in 2005, overall retention rates for grades 1 through 9 declined to 1.5 percent in 2009-10 (Patterns and Trends in Grade Retention Rates in the United States, 1995–2010).



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The article is primarily an argument in favor of Warren et al.'s alternative measure of retention. Table 3 masks significant differences by grade. Figure 1 tells the story of differences, along with Figure 2 and Figure 4. Yes, there have been real declines. The statement, "Student retention has never been all that high, nationally," depends greatly on what you mean by high or low, and whether you are looking at specific grades.

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