A Think Twice Review of:
Getting Ahead by Staying Behind: An Evaluation of Florida’s Program to End Social Promotion
Think Twice - Feb 23, 2006
Publisher/Think Tank - Hoover Institution and Manhattan Institute For Policy Research
This Education Next article summarizes the Manhattan’s Institute’s 2004 study, An Evaluation of Florida’s Program to End Social Promotion. The authors analyze the test scores of two third-grade cohorts over the period of one year and conclude that there are major positive effects associated with retention in the program.
Reviewer(s) - Ed Wiley, University of Colorado
Wiley’s review finds several major flaws in the study, each of which threatens the validity of the study’s results and seriously weakens the authors’ claims regarding the effectiveness of Florida’s retention policy.