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Mid Prairie Superintendent Questions Des Moines Principals Stance on Social Promotion

Posted: Saturday, October 23rd, 2010 at 6:25 am
Author: KCII News - Lindsey Cook

The Mid Prairie School Superintendent is questioning whether Des Moines Middle School Principals are making the right decision to want to end Social Promotion in Middle School. The Des Moines Principals want to end the practice of Social Promotion which pushes students through to the next level regardless of their academic performance. Mark Schneider says the district is taking a dangerous stance by saying that if a student isn’t learning then it’s the students fault. He says learning is a complex issue that takes a lot of people working together. He says holding students back doesn’t happen that often at Mid Prairie. He says it happens more in the South East Iowa area when a student is in Kindergarten or First Grade. Schneider says holding a student back in older grades doesn’t happen very often, and when a child doesn’t progress there are support services to help them out in the district. He says a student at mid prairie does have to meet graduation requirements and they have had 5th year seniors before but have never had to hold back a student in 10th grade.