Light's Retention Scale - Fifth Edition (LRS-5)

  • Ages: 6 through 18
  • Testing Time: 10 to 15 minutes
  • Administration: Individual
  • Criterion-referenced

This new edition of Light's Retention Scale updates a classic tool designed by a school psychologist with more than 30 years in practice. This 5th edition is based on more than 300 research studies on the factors influencing academic achievement and success, and on the impact and effectiveness of school grade retention. These studies are discussed in the Manual, along with a review of the influence of federal and state education legislation on the factors relating to academic progress and retention.

An analysis of the relevant research studies led to formulation of 19 categories representing factors to consider in making the retention decision. They include intellectual skills, number of schools attended, age, English-language status, participation of parents in school-related activities, preschool experience, student's motivation, attendance, emotional disorders, and conduct patterns.

  • New category: Ability to focus and concentrate
  • Principal's Guide included
  • New interpretation guidelines
  • Updated scoring procedure

Kit includes: Manual, 25 English Record Forms, 25 English Parent Guides, and the Principal's Guide to Grade Retention and Promotion. English Record Forms (25), English Parent Guides (25), and Spanish Parent Guides (25) are also available separately. There is also School Administrator's Kit that includes 25 Retention Worksheets, 25 Parent Consent Forms, and 25 Appeal Forms.