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For sample children ages 5-17 who have ever attended school and are at least in the first grade, GRADREPET reports if the sample child has ever repeated any grades.

GRADREPET is part of the Child Health supplement, first released in 1981. This supplement includes a number of questions on child's schooling. For more information and related variables, please see GOSCHOOLEV, or use the IPUMS NHIS search function and drop-down menus.


There are no comparability issues.


  • 1981: Sample persons age 5 to 17 who have ever attended school for the first grade or higher.
  • 1988: Sample persons age 5 to 17 who have ever attended school, who are not in school or are on vacation from school or are/will be in first grade through college senior or in ungraded school (or for whom it was unknown whether they were in school or whose grade was unknown).


  • 1981, 1988