Repeating a Grade
Parents of school-aged children (aged 6-17 years) were asked if their children had repeated one or more grades since starting school. Overall, 10.6 percent of children aged 6-17 years had repeated a grade.
Boys are more likely to repeat a grade than girls. Of school-aged boys, 12.7 percent were reported to have repeated at least one grade, compared to 8.4 percent of girls (data not shown).
The likelihood of repeating a grade increases with age. Of children aged 6-11 years, 8.5 percent were reported to have repeated a grade, compared to 12.6 percent of 12- to 17-year-olds.
Children in low-income households are also more likely to repeat a grade than children with higher household incomes. Among school-aged children with household incomes below the poverty level, 21.7 percent were reported to have repeated at least one grade, compared to 13.8 percent children with household incomes between 100 and 199 percent of the Federal poverty level (FPL). Among children with household incomes between 200 and 399 percent of FPL, 8.2 percent had repeated a grade, as had 4.5 percent of children with household incomes of 400 percent or more of FPL.