The Tennesee law on retention has been updated to allow for as many as 2/3 of third graders to be retained! What is happening in Tennessee will happen all over the country as well as all over the world. All over this country thousands if not millions of students will be held behind putting them on the pathway to the school to prison pipeline. Once held behind, their age of graduation will increase. And so will drop outs. Not to mention the feeling of failure will be massive.
So many students will be retained, or to cover up the sysremic failure, they will move them ahead without learning. They will graduate on time but be ill prepared for their life ahead.
Straight "A" students are not challenged and are held back due to the school average. An "A" is no longer an "A" in this system. The time for action is now!
The solution is documented in my books, especially " A FAILED SYSTEM" "Pandemic - Related Solutions to a 200 - year-old Education Crisis"
The damage we do to hundreds of thousand plus students will be felt all over the country.
The crisis is here and the solution is in systemic change.