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.