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PROMOTION, ACCELERATION AND RETENTION OF STUDENTS

 


A student's achievement of the basic skills specified for the School District of the City of St. Charles curriculum for the grade level to which he or she is assigned and his or her readiness for work at the next grade level shall be required before he or she is assigned to the higher grade. Those students who have mastered the appropriate basic skills for the grade level will be promoted. Those students who have not mastered the appropriate basic skills for the grade level will be retained if such action is deemed appropriate by the teacher and principal.


In evaluating student achievement for promotion, each teacher shall make use of all available information including criterion-referenced test results, teacher-made tests and other measures of skills and content mastery, teacher observation of student performance and standardized test results. The principal shall direct and aid the teachers in their evaluations and review grade assignments in order to ensure uniformity of evaluation standards.


Decisions on whether to promote, accelerate or retain a student with disabilities will be made in accordance with the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and as required by other applicable law.


Promotion


The district may adopt a policy that requires remediation as a condition of promotion to the next grade level for any student identified by the district as failing to master skills and competencies established for that particular grade level by the Board. The district may require parents or guardians of such students to commit to conduct home-based tutorial activities with their children.


Such remediation may include, but shall not necessarily be limited to, a mandatory summer school program focused on the areas of deficiency or other such alternatives conducted by the district outside of the regular school day. If the district provides remediation in this manner outside the traditional school day, the extra hours of instruction may be counted in the calculation of average daily attendance. Such remediation shall recognize that different students learn differently and shall employ methods designed to help these students achieve at high levels.


Decisions concerning the remedial reading instruction of a student who receives special education services, including the nature of parental involvement consistent with a free appropriate public education, shall be made in accordance with the student's Individualized Education Plan (IEP).


Acceleration


The district will assist students so that they progress academically in accordance with their capabilities. While provisions for individual differences should be adequately accomplished within a grade level, it may occasionally be necessary to advance a student to the next grade. Acceleration to a higher grade level should be approached with caution. Capable students may be so advanced, but only after thorough discussion with the student's guidance counselor and with the joint approval of the parents/guardians, the principal and the superintendent.


Retention


State law requires that all students who are reading below a third-grade reading level according to the district’s fourth-grade reading assessment shall be retained if the student has not adequately improved by the end of summer school.


While the wishes and concerns of the parent or legal guardian will be given proper consideration, the decision to promote or retain is a professional decision. When evaluative procedures indicate that a student is not achieving the basic skills required, the teacher will give to the building principal a written explanation with justification and a recommendation concerning grade assignment. Further individual evaluation and diagnosis should be considered for possible referral to the student services staff and other appropriate agencies to assess the student's achievement capabilities, deficiencies and need for additional specialized services. After receiving all available data, the principal shall make the final decision on promotion or retention of the student.


In order to facilitate communication with parents in regard to a possible retention notice, the teacher and principal should communicate their concern about the student's progress with the child's parents as early in the school year as possible. Such communications shall be documented.


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Note:  The reader is encouraged to check the index located at the beginning of this section for other pertinent policies and to review administrative procedures and/or forms for related information.

 

Adopted:       10/14/1993

 

Revised:        09/14/1995; 01/13/2000; 07/11/2002

 

Legal Refs:    § 167.645, RSMo.

Board of Curators, Univ. of Mo. v. Horowitz, 435 U.S. 78 (1978)


St. Charles School District, St. Charles, Missouri

 

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