New state report shows 43 percent of 10th-grade students are held back

A new state report said that 43 percent of NYC 10th-graders were held back from the 11th grade during the 2002-03 school year.

NYC Schools Chancellor Joel Klein said that too many students are being held back. Klein says the reason is that early intervention didn't happen for those students. The chancellor is referring to the recently passed plan to end social promotion of students.

The plan will force third-grade students to take math and English tests in April. A student could be held back after failing the test if they do not clear an appeal or retake the test and pass after summer school.

According to Chancellor Klein, the new plan will help lower the number of students being held back. He added that the recently released report is proof that more focus needs to be put on helping students.

The report also stated that 35 percent of 9th-grade students are also being held back.

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