Students who repeat a grade cause discipline problems

Schools with a high number of students who repeat a grade are more likely to have discipline problems in the classrooms, a Duke University study has found.

A research team led by Dr Clara Muschkin looked at almost 80,000 year seven students in 334 North Carolina schools and found that in classrooms where 20% of students were older than their peers, the other students were three times more likely to misbehave.

The study took into account factors that would explain other conclusions such as the education levels of parents, but still found a strong causal relationship.

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