- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 17, 2001

Books

• "The Retention/Promotion Checklist," by Jim Grant and Irv Richardson, Crystal Springs Books, 1998. This book provides educators and parents with the tools to make retention and promotion decisions based on an individual student's circumstances and needs. It includes a checklist, information to help clarify the decision-making process and suggestions for ongoing student support.

• "The 'R' Word: Retention Is OK," by Georgiann Lanier, Mar-Co Products Inc., 1995. This book is intended as a source for teachers and parents to help students successfully face retention. It includes a story to read to children who are being retained and suggests exercises and discussion formats.

Associations

• The National Association of School Psychologists' Web site offers easy access to information, including position papers on a variety of educational and mental health topics. Address: 4340 East-West Highway, Suite. 402, Bethesda, Md. 20814. Phone: 301/657-0275. Web site: www.naspweb.org.

• The National Association for the Education of Young Children is a nonprofit organization of early-childhood educators. Address: 1509 16th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20036. Phone: 800/424-2460. Web site: www.naeyc.org.

Online

• Johns Hopkins University Sociology Professor Karl L. Alexander has studied school success for nearly 20 years. His Web site (www.soc.jhu.edu/klahmpg.htm) explains his research and offers details about his database, "Beginning School Study," which covers topics such as retention, returning to school after summer break and dropout rates.

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