Retention Threat Sways Students on Tests - Yahoo! News: "Retention Threat Sways Students on Tests
By DAVID B. CARUSO, Associated Press Writer 11 minutes ago
NEW YORK - High-stakes achievement tests that determine if a child is promoted to the next grade or held back a year are becoming more commonplace, and a growing number of school systems have learned that the threat of retention can be a strong incentive. However, the practice's effect on kids who are held back is still in dispute"