If students haven’t mastered most of a grade’s requirements they shouldn’t be moved into the next grade, says Michael Zwaagstra of the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies. Extra resources should be used to prevent students from falling behind, not help them catch up, says Michael Zwaagstra. Zwaagstra said this practice of grading students regardless of their performance, known as social promotion or placing, has become a blanket policy in many school districts across Canada, including P.E.I.

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