DPS, unlike other metro districts, allows parents to decide whether their children are held back a grade until they reach high school. Few choose to hold them back.
Not until grade 9, the freshman year of high school, do students have to earn a certain number of class credits to be promoted. . . . About one in four DPS students . . . [fail] enough courses that they have to repeat ninth-grade classes as tenth-grade sophomores. . . 45 percent — later drop out of school altogether.
The story goes on to discuss Bruce Randolph School's decision to urge parents to opt out of social promotion and the school's use of summer school classes to get kids caught up.