Decatur County Community Schools
Administrative Guidelines
 

5410 - PROMOTION, PLACEMENT, AND RETENTION

Optimal school achievement is obtained when students experience success in their daily activities and build upon successful experiences as they encounter new learning situations. All aspects of the student must be considered as grade placements are made.

DEFINITIONS

 

A.

Promotion:

   
 

Occurs when a student is doing the caliber of work (grade level) that indicates the student has met the criteria established in Policy 5410 and restated below.

   
 

B.

Placement:

   
 

Occurs when a student is not doing the caliber of work that indicates the student should be promoted to the next grade. However, the student placement team recommends and the building administrator concurs, that it is in the student's best interest to move to the next grade.

   
 

C.

Retention:

   
 

Occurs when a student is not doing the caliber of work that indicates the student should be promoted to the next grade, based on the recommendation of the Student Intervention Team with the concurrence of the building administrator.

   
 

D.

Student Intervention:

   
 

A Student Intervention Team is to be appointed by the principal each year to consider situations in which students may not be promoted to the next grade or may not graduate. Such a team should include:

   
 

1.

classroom teachers,

   
 

2.

counselors and other support staff,

   
 

3.

building principal.

Final decisions on student promotion, placement, or retention rest with the building principal.

To implement Board policy, the following guidelines are to be utilized:

Elementary Level

 

A.

Criteria for Consideration

   
 

When the Student Intervention Team is convened, the following criteria shall be considered:

   
 

1.

current level of achievement

   
 

2.

potential for success at the next level

   
 

3.

emotional, physical, social maturity

   
 

B.

Time Line for Elementary Grade Placement Changes

   
 

1.

Early March: Teacher will notify principal if an alternative grade placement is being considered. The Student Intervention Team may be convened by the principal.

   
 

2.

Early April: If placement or retention is still being considered, parents should have been notified by this time and commitment to the decision secured.

   
 

3.

May-June: Decision on placement or retention is made and student Grade Placement Recommendation is completed.

Middle School Level

Criteria

To be promoted the student must successfully complete a majority of the required academic subjects.

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