Missouri schools try alternatives to repeating a grade

4 years 7 months 4 weeks ago Sunday, November 23 2014 Nov 23, 2014 Sunday, November 23, 2014 9:44:00 AM CST November 23, 2014 in News
By: The Associated Press

ST. ANN (AP) - Some Missouri schools are shuffling students' schedules to avoid holding them back a grade.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports two schools in the St. Louis area are trying alternatives to repeating a grade.

Students at Holman Middle School in the Pattonville District have extended days twice a week to catch up on material.

Drummond Elementary children have classes that end every 40 minutes. Students learn in smaller groups with children at their learning level so they can progress at their own speed.

School administrators say it's paying off.

The district scored among the top in the St. Louis area despite having a poverty rate three times that of others, such as the Kirkwood and Rockwood districts.

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