Decatur County Community Schools
Administrative Guidelines
 

5463 - ADMISSION OF STUDENTS FROM NONACCREDITED SCHOOLS

The following guideline applies to students who are transferring from a home school, non-accredited school, or foreign school (hereafter "unaccredited schools"). It does not apply to academic credit from a school that has been accredited or licensed by a State education agency.

General Procedures:

 

A.

The parent is to submit to the principal written notification of the intent to enroll in a Board school not later than three (3) days prior to the expected date of enrollment.

   
 

B.

The principal shall provide for a thorough placement study including an assessment of current learnings relative to each course of study (see Policy 5463). The placement study should also include a review of information provided by the parent and any nonaccredited school the student has attended. This may include student achievement data, standardized test scores, topics studied, resources used, and samples of student work and accomplishments. No student is to be placed in any school or grade without a written placement review.

   
 

C.

A final meeting with the parent and student shall be scheduled to review the assessment results, establish credits (if applicable), and proposed placement.

   
 

D.

In the event that sufficient notice of intent to enroll is not provided, a temporary placement decision may be made by the principal while the placement review is conducted. The parent is to be informed of the placement review procedure.

   
 

E.

Prior to placement, the parent must complete normal enrollment procedures as outlined in AG 5111.

   
 

F.

A review of student progress shall be conducted by the principal at the end of the nine (9) week grading periods to evaluate effectiveness of the placement decision.

Admission to Kindergarten Through Grade Eight

Placement into a grade shall be made in accord with the following:

 

A.

age appropriateness

   
 

B.

data resulting from the assessment procedure described in Policy 5463 - Credits and Placement from Nonaccrediated Schools;

   
 

C.

results of the examination of the student's most recent annual academic assessment report which shall include one (1) of the following:

   
 

1.

data resulting from the assessment procedure described in Policy 5463 - Credits and Placement from Nonaccredited Schools

   
 

2.

results of a nationally-normed, standardized achievement tests

   
 

3.

written narrative indicating that a portfolio of the student's work has been reviewed and his/her academic progress for the year is in accordance with the student's abilities and the Board's applicable courses of study

   
 

D.

review of previous regular education program records, if any, to check last grade placement

   
 

E.

results of ISTEP tests at the appropriate grade level(s) to measure achievement of performance objectives in each applicable subject

Admission to Grades Nine Through Twelve

Placement into grades nine through twelve shall be made on the basis of credits earned.

Placement into each subject (e.g., English) shall be made based on:

 

A.

age appropriateness;

   
 

B.

data resulting from the assessment procedure described in Policy 5463 - Credits and Placement from Nonaccredited Schools

   
 

C.

results of examination of the student's most recent annual academic assessment report which shall include one (1) of the following:

   
 

1.

results of a nationally normed, standardized achievement test in the subject area;

   
 

2.

a portfolio of the student's work that demonstrates that the student has developed the knowledge and skills at the previous grade level as a foundation for the proposed placement;

   
 

D.

review of previous regular education program records, if any, to check last grade placement;

   
 

E.

results on the appropriate ISTEP tests or normed, criterion-referenced test in the subject area, if applicable to the grade placement.

Athletic eligibility will be determined by IHSAA guidelines and the Corporation's athletic policy.

Procedures for Receiving Credits/Grades

In order for students to receive credit in Language Arts, Social Studies, Mathematics, and/or Science, the student must:

 

A.

receive a passing grade in the final examination in the subject, plus satisfactory completion of any academic projects a student must complete to demonstrate competence in the subject area

   
 

B.

The student will have only one (1) opportunity to take the appropriate test(s). The student must complete the test(s) within ten (10) days from the date of enrollment.

Graduation and Commencement Exercises

Before a diploma will be presented, the student must meet all of the Board's graduation requirements.

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