Repeating a Grade
Parents of school-aged children (aged 6 and older) 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. Repeating a grade is more common in rural areas, with 12.6 percent of school-aged children in large rural areas and 13.5 percent in small rural areas repeating a grade, compared to 10.0 percent of urban children.
Older children have had more opportunity to repeat a grade over the course of their school careers, so the percentage who have done so is higher in all locations. Fewer than 10 percent of children aged 6-11 in all areas have repeated a grade; among those aged 12-17, the percentage ranged from 11.8 percent in urban areas to 16.8 percent in small rural areas.
In all locations, boys were more likely than girls to have repeated a grade, and the discrepancy between urban and rural locations is greatest among boys. Among girls, 10.0 percent or fewer had repeated a grade in all locations; among boys, the percentage who had repeated ranges from 11.9 percent in urban areas to 17.4 percent in small rural areas.