(April 15, 2016) MI School Data has released the eighth year of data for the Retained in Grade report available under Student Counts. You can now find data up through the 2015-16 school year.
The Retained in Grade report displays counts and percentages of K-12 students enrolled in the same grade level for two consecutive school years. More specifically, it can show differences in student retention between grade levels, schools, districts, and student groups. The report uses data from two fall Michigan Student Data System (MSDS) collections, so this year’s release compares fall 2015 enrollment with fall 2014 enrollment.
It is important to keep in mind that there can be many reasons that a student has repeated the same grade level. In fact, some of the reasons might be planned and part of a rigorous program!
MI School Data highlights two of these student groups intentionally retained of which you can see the breakout through orange- and green-colored bars on the By Grade report below.
Kindergarten Planned Retention describes students taking part in their second year of a Developmental Kindergarten program, also referred to as “Begindergarten” or “Young 5s.” For more information on this two year kindergarten sequence, please refer to the Michigan Department of Education’s Parent Guide #24 exploring the decision to pursue Developmental Kindergarten.
Early/Middle College (EMC) describes a five-year public high school program designed for pupils to earn a high school diploma while also earning an associate’s degree, a certificate of completion, or up to 60 transferable college credits toward a four-year degree from a state public or private university, a junior college, or a community college. The 2015-16 update to Early/Middle College catches the students who were retained at any high school level grade.
With the 2015-16 data update, we have made a change in how we display students retained in grade with Early/Middle College participation. In previous years, this report only showed when Early/Middle College Students were retained in grade 12. Starting in 2015-16, Early/Middle College students retained in any high school grade (grade 9-12) will be shown in their respective grade as an Early/Middle College designation in the Retained in Grade report.
For further information on the Retained in Grade report, be sure to reference our About This Report feature which you can find within the report.