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Emulating downward: Iowa’s misplaced idolization of Florida’s retention policies

Emulating downward: Iowa’s misplaced idolization of Florida’s retention policies

The Iowa Department of Education (DE) was quoted recently as saying, “We really aren’t looking at [3rd grade retention] as being punitive.” The problem, of course, is that it doesn’t matter how we as adults perceive retention. What matters is how the retained 8-year-olds perceive retention. And four decades of research is very clear that...