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social promotion

Syllabification: so·cial pro·mot·ion

Definition of social promotion in English:


The practice promoting a child to the next grade level regardless of skill mastery in the belief that it will promote self-esteem.
Example sentences
  • Lastly, we strengthened accountability in 2003 by ending social promotion in our state once and for all.
  • Opponents believe that social promotion thrusts students into classes unprepared and unable to learn more difficult material.
  • 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.

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