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[Susan notes: Good point. Look at child's progress, not at some artifical lines in the sand. Progress is success, not failure.]

Published in Dallas Morning News
12/05/2006

To the editor

Re: "Lagging Accountability Who is cheated by continued social promotion?" Friday Editorials.



Holding children back who do not perform at grade level has intuitive appeal, but it is based on proficiency, which is a goal not all children can reach.



A more realistic approach to promotion is progress. Some children demonstrate huge strides from their baseline, yet can't reach proficiency.



Retaining these children may be well intentioned, but it ultimately does more harm than good. Breaking their spirit in the name of accountability is draconian.

Walt Gardner


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