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Friday, March 19, 2004

Age-Old Problem: Ninth-Graders Who Are 17

Remember the kid in 9th grade who was shaving his back and his beard before you knew what puberty was? The same dude also had a Camaro, several tattoos, and was dating someone in college. Rumor was that he was already a father. Well, guess what - he really wasn't 14 after all. A recent New York City School report highlights the chronic problem of over-age kids in 9th, 10th, and 11th grades.

March 19, 2004 -- Students are getting old in the ninth grade - 5,569 students are already 17 years of age or older, according to shocking new statistics released by Schools Chancellor Joel Klein. These students - 5 percent of all ninth-graders last year - are three years "overage" for that grade. The typical entering high school freshman is 14 years old.

In all, 47 percent of ninth-graders - nearly half the class - were at least one year over age. In most cases, these students were held back once, twice or three times.

Age-Old Problem: Ninth-Graders Who Are 17 [NY Post]

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