Board Directive Utah Annotated Code §53G-9-803 requires school districts to offer remedial classes for students in grades 7-12. The Board delegates to the District Administration responsibility for devising and implementing an adequate system of remediation so that students can meet competency levels in all required core subject areas.
Administrative Policy It will be the responsibility of the Administrators of Schools to work with principals to ensure that all students are given adequate instruction to meet competency levels in all subject areas.
Meeting competency in all required core class will be defined as receiving a "D-" grade or better in the class. Any student who receives an "F" in an English, mathematics, science, or social studies required core class has failed to meet the competency level.
Parents will be notified by letter if their student has not met competency in any class.
Students who do not meet competency levels in required core classes--English, mathematics, science and social studies--will be required to remediate the credit through an approved program.
Remediation classes may be offered in summer school, or through approved programs.
The remediation classes will be structured to enable students to receive .25 credit per quarter by successfully completing the remediation class.
Fees will be charged for remediation classes according to the current fee schedule adopted by the Board of Education.
Remediation may not constitute reason to retain a student in a grade level.
Students in grades 9 to 12 will be evaluated as often as necessary to determine their progress toward graduation.
Special education students will be exempted from remediation requirements if they are meeting IEP requirements.
Transportation to and from remediation classes is the responsibility of students and parents.
If a student does not pass a remediation class, the principal may waive the remediation requirement.
The Board recognizes that special consideration may need to be given to some students for grade placement. The Board authorizes the Administration to implement policy regarding student retention and acceleration.
The Administration recognizes that schools should offer students opportunities for acquiring skills, and for cognitive, academic, social and emotional development. Ideally, the needs of an individual student can be met by differentiated instruction while he/she remains with his/her own age peer group. In extreme cases, student retention or acceleration may be considered. Decisions regarding student retention or acceleration should be made only after all the needs and abilities of the student have been assessed, reviewed by a school team and have been determined to meet the Retention or Acceleration Administrative Guidelines criteria as found in the Planning and Student Services Procedures Manual.
The final decision at the school level to accelerate or retain a student is the responsibility of the evaluation team under the direction of a school administrator.
In the event that agreement cannot be reached by the team, parent(s)/legal guardian(s) may request to have a District-level committee, formed by the Office of Compliance and Special Programs, to review the local school decision.
The decision of retention or acceleration may be reviewed by the team at any time during the student’s educational experience. Only in extreme cases should consideration be given to retaining a student beyond third grade.
The parent(s)/legal guardian(s) shall be notified of the right to appeal the decision of the District-level committee to the Board of Education.