Study: Holding Kids Back A Grade Doesn’t Necessarily Hold Them Back

By Anya Kamenetz, NPR

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Our education system has this funny quirk of grouping kids by birth date — rather than, say, intellectual ability or achievement or interest.

But developmental pathways are as individual as kids themselves.

And so there’s a perpetual back-and-forth about whether to put certain kids in school a grade behind or ahead of their actual age.

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