Document Type


Date of Degree Completion

Spring 1971

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



Committee Chair

William G. Gaskell

Second Committee Member

Alexander H. Howard, Jr.

Third Committee Member

Orval E. Putoff


This study is designed to determine whether or not the pupil retention policies presently practiced by the Tenino Elementary School are justifiable in terms of benefiting the retained student academically. It was hypothesized that the academic gains of nonpromoted students will be considerably less than the gains made by promoted students when compared according to achievement tests results. To test this hypothesis, a list was compiled of students who had been retained during a three-year period, and an examination of their cumulative folders was conducted in order to determine academic gain during the year of retention. The same procedure was followed with the records of a group of promoted students who had been matched with the nonpromoted group on the basis of sex, chronological age, and intelligence. The findings were then compared.