In 2002, Florida introduced a Third Grade Retention Law. Some claim it is a way to end Social Promotion.
The Florida Third Grade Retention Law was tweaked in 2014, but it is still a policy that does not serve the needs of Florida students and since it is likely to stay the law, it should be improved.
There are a few studies that show small short term gains, but almost everyone agrees there is no long term gain.
So what did the legislature tweak:
1- It added a provision that a third grader could only be help back once in 3rd grade
2- It said that any parent whose child has been identified as at risk for third grade retention can immediately ask for a student portfolio
3- It introduced the concept of a performance portfolio where teachers and principals could set a portfolio to show mastery of the skills
There are still several issues
1- Third grade retention is controversial, but retaining any student twice before 4th grade is supported by no educator I know
2- There is no mechanism to guarantee that a student who is retained will be evaluated for a learning disability or other qualifying condition for special education services
We need to do better for our struggling students