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Pressure mounts to pass kindergarten test or be held back


September 18, 2002
Assessment
Karen Thomas
USA Today
[T]ests are among factors determining which kids move on to the next grade and which kids may need alternatives, such as repeating a grade or entering an extra year of “transitional” or “developmental” schooling, usually before starting kindergarten or between kindergarten and first grade. In the 1998-99 school year, 5% of the nation’s 4 million kindergartners, or 200,000, were repeating that grade, according to the latest figures available from the National Center for Education Statistics.