News from WCER

What Will Decrease Educational Inequality?

June 15, 2003

Student’s educational outcomes are boosted or hindered by their families’ socioeconomic background. Although certainly not fair to the student, such inequality is likely to persist throughout the 21st century, despite much rhetoric and a few policies directed against it.


The Pros and Cons of ‘Holding Out’

March 15, 2000

You often hear that statement. But the suggestion is unsubstantiated by research, according to UW-Madison Education Professor Elizabeth Graue and Lehigh University’s James DiPerna. Their recent study challenges conventional wisdom about the value of redshirting and early retention. In fact, some children who are “held out” miss receiving needed attention in areas of learning disabilities, cognitive disabilities, and emotional disabilities.