5123 BP - Promotion/Acceleration/ Retention

Board Policy No. 5123
Policy adopted: January 23, 2014


The Governing Board expects students to progress through each grade level within one school year. To accomplish this, instruction should accommodate the variety of ways that students learn and include strategies for addressing academic deficiencies when needed.

Students shall progress through the grade levels by demonstrating growth in learning and meeting grade-level standards of expected student achievement.

When high academic achievement is evident, the Superintendent or designee may recommend a student for acceleration into a higher grade level.  The student’s maturity level shall be taken into consideration when making a determination to accelerate a student.

As early as possible in the school year, the Superintendent or designee shall identify students who should be retained and who are at risk of being retained in accordance with law, Board policy, administrative regulation, and the following criteria.

Students at risk shall be identified using the following indicators of academic achievement: District formative and summative assessments, grades, standards-based report cards, and the state’s standardized testing and reporting program and the minimum levels of proficiency recommended by the State Board of Education.

When any student in grades 2-8 is retained or recommended for retention, the Superintendent or designee shall offer programs of direct, systematic, and intensive supplemental instruction in accordance with Education Code 37252.2 and Board policy.

Legal Reference:
37252-37253.5  Supplemental instruction
41505-41508 Pupil Retention Block Grant
46300  Method of computing ADA
48011  Promotion/retention following one year of kindergarten
48070-48070.5  Promotion and retention
48431.6  Required systematic review of students and grading
56345  Elements of individualized education plan
60641-60648 Standardized Testing and Reporting Program
60850-60859  Exit examination
37252.8 Supplemental instruction for students at risk of retention
200-202 Admission and exclusion of students

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