Anchorage school board removes social promotion policy

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The Anchorage School Board on Monday night revised the district’s social promotion policy, which has been in place for the last 20 years.

Now, the policy will be more neutral, acknowledging that every child is different and the school principals and parents should discuss whether holding a child back a grade is in the best interest of the child. The pushing children into the next grade policy is no more.

Last year, among the 3,552 third graders, only five were held back from going on to fourth grade, School Board member Dave Donley told the board. Considering the proficiencies of students, that seems like a low number.

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