Definition of social promotion in US English:

social promotion


  • The practice promoting a child to the next grade level regardless of skill mastery in the belief that it will promote self-esteem.

    • ‘Most of my students entered fifth grade with grave academic deficiencies, yet their cumulative records revealed fair to excellent grades, making clear that social promotion was standard practice at the school.’
    • ‘Asquith failed two students only to watch her principal raise their grades, despite the fact that social promotion had been ‘banned.’’
    • ‘The business of imparting to children what I believed to be empty self-esteem became, through the years, a recurring theme in my articles, along with such issues as the dumbing down of curriculum, grade inflation and social promotion.’
    • ‘Many of the dropouts were no doubt victims of social promotion in the early grades, a practice that Bloomberg has now pledged to end.’
    • ‘But at another level, social promotion was championed by Progressive educators who were concerned about the effects of retention and failure on the psychological well-being of the child.’
    • ‘As a strong supporter of high educational standards, I should be cheering Mayor Bloomberg's plan to end social promotion for New York's third-graders.’
    • ‘Lastly, we strengthened accountability in 2003 by ending social promotion in our state once and for all.’
    • ‘The second piece of the accountability reform was an end to social promotion - the practice of passing students to the next grade regardless of their performance.’
    • ‘The schools ended the practice of ‘social promotions,’ where children would automatically move up to higher grades, regardless of their achievements.’
    • ‘Failure was a real anxiety for the slower pupils because there was no social promotion from class to class.’
    • ‘In a brief overview, I could not go into detail about the alternatives to retention that do show efficacy; suffice it to say here that I am not advocating social promotion without interventions.’
    • ‘The measures are meant to end social promotion - the practice of graduating failing students to the next grade to keep them with their peers.’
    • ‘Most people say they want to crack down on social promotion.’
    • ‘Eight years ago, Chicago moved to end social promotion of its students, and the city has since been a bellwether in the debate over whether to keeps kids who don't meet standards from moving on to the next grade.’
    • ‘Opponents believe that social promotion thrusts students into classes unprepared and unable to learn more difficult material.’
    • ‘For example, the school board fussed for months over prohibiting social promotion, finally deciding that a failing student could not be passed on, regardless of age.’
    • ‘The panel cast blame on absenteeism, social promotion, less homework being assigned, and a general lowering of standards.’
    • ‘Students must now pass proficiency exams in order to enter and graduate from high school, replacing the system of social promotion.’
    • ‘Administrative paralysis, reckless student behavior, and social promotion are inexcusable and limit the opportunities for our nation's most at-risk children.’
    • ‘On Education Watch, I note that educational attainments went up in Florida schools when social promotion was ended.’