Eight Graders Who Fail Will Be Held Back In The San Diego Schools

The San Diego schools is the biggest school district in the state. In 2015, practically 13 percent of its eighth graders stopped working 2 or more core topics of English, mathematics, history and/or science. This does not include those who received Ds. They were all grades of F.

The San Diego schools is cracking down. Starting with the existing 8 grade classes within the San Diego schools, these trainees will be subject to a new policy just recently passed by the San Diego schools board with a vote of four-to-one. A new retention policy puts forth that any eight grader who fails (grade of F) two or more core subjects will be kept back to duplicate the 8 grade. If the parents of such San Diego schools’ trainees object, then those kids will be passed on to high school however should actively take part in a ninth grade intervention program.

There was much heated discussion about retention versus social promo (passing San Diego schools’ trainees on to the next grade, when they are not prepared) before the vote was taken. The one dissenting vote was by San Diego schools’ board trustee Shelia Jackson, who argued that the causes for such failures should be resolved before penalizing the trainees. She kept in mind that the kids did not stop working on their own– teachers, moms and dads and counselors got involved, as well.

Some San Diego schools board trustees felt that the risk of retention would offer the failing eighth graders reward to work more difficult and return on track. Jackson felt they were punishing the trainees for possible inadequate teachers or teaching approaches.

All San Diego schools board trustees did agree that intervention programs for failing students ought to be implemented as early as primary school to ensure student success later in school and profession.

The San Diego schools’board trustees did not discuss exactly what specific intervention programs would be offered to eighth graders who are held back or to those passed to the ninth grade at their moms and dads’ demand. The design of such programs will be left to each private middle or high school, providing the ability to tailor their programs to the requirements of the trainees.

Retention is not a brand-new method to help stopping working students. It is commonly used across the nation. Even the San Diego schools have actually utilized it in the past. Practically five percent of the San Diego schools’ 6th and seventh graders (more than 400 kids) were maintained in 2001 and practically 3 percent of first graders (360 children).

Superintendent Carl Cohn sides with Jackson, questioning if the new retention policy will hurt the San Diego schools’ students more than help them. He thinks that retention just speeds up the leave rate, and research studies have actually shown Cohn proper– trainees held back are more likely to drop out of high school, than those promoted on to the next grade.