BookPolicy Manual Section5000 Students TitlePROMOTION, ACCELERATION, PLACEMENT, AND RETENTION Codepo5410 StatusActive AdoptedAugust 1, 2007 Last RevisedJune 1, 2020



The Board of Education recognizes that the personal, social, physical, and educational growth of children will vary and that they should be placed in the educational setting most appropriate to their needs at the various stages of their growth.


It shall be the policy of the Board that each student be moved forward in a continuous pattern of achievement and growth that is in harmony with his/her own development. The teacher's recommendation relating to whether a student should be promoted to the next grade level shall be a primary consideration when making such determination.


Such pattern should coincide with the system of grade levels established by this Board and the content standards and objectives established for each.


A student will be promoted to the succeeding grade level when s/he has:


  1. completed the course and State-mandated requirements at the presently assigned grade;


  2. demonstrated sufficient proficiency to permit him/her to move ahead in the educational program of the next grade;


  3. demonstrated the degree of social, emotional, and physical maturation necessary for a successful learning experience in the next grade.


A student may be accelerated when his/her demonstrated achievement, as well as measured ability, significantly exceeds that of his/her grade level peers. Consideration may be given to promoting him/her to a grade other than the next succeeding one, or permitting him/her to enroll in a course other than the next one in the academic sequence. A student will be accelerated in this manner when s/he has:


  1. achieved the grade/course objectives and State-mandated requirements, if applicable, for the grade/course in which s/he is presently enrolled as well as for the grades(s)/course(s) that will be skipped;


  2. demonstrated sufficient proficiency to permit him/her to be accelerated in the educational program;


  3. demonstrated the degree of social, emotional, and physical maturation necessary for a successful learning experience in the grade/course to which s/he will be promoted or enrolled.


However, following sound principles of child development, the Board discourages the skipping of grades. A student may be retained at his/her current grade level when s/he has:


  1. in the opinion of the professional staff, failed to demonstrate proficiency in the core subjects of Mathematics, Reading/Language Arts, Science and Social Studies;


  2. scored at the below basic level on any State-mandated proficiency test.


A student may be placed at the next grade level when retention would no longer serve any good purpose.


The Superintendent shall develop administrative guidelines for promotion, acceleration, placement, and retention of students that:


  1. require the recommendation of the relevant staff members for promotion, acceleration, placement, or retention;

  2. require that parents are informed in advance of the possibility of retention of a student at a grade level;


  3. assure that efforts will be made to remediate the student's difficulties before s/he is retained;


  4. assign to the principal the responsibility for determining the promotion, acceleration, placement, or retention of each student.


Revised 2/5/10


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