About one in 10 kids in the United States must repeat at least one grade in school, and a new study suggests it may benefit them.
Researchers followed nearly 1 million third graders in all. Some were tracked through high school.
They compared students who barely passed a standard reading test and those who just failed it and as a result were held back a year.
The students who were held back had much better test scores in the first few years after repeating third grade. These effects tapered off over time, but the students who were held back needed fewer remedial courses and had higher GPAs in high school.
Being held back did not make them less likely to graduate high school. It's good news for kids who need an extra year to catch up.
While this study suggests there may be positive academic benefits of holding kids back, it comes at a high price. One estimate found retaining students enrolled in U.S. schools costs about $12 billion a year.
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