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Promotion/Acceleration/Retention   

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Acceleration from Kindergarten to First Grade

A student enrolled in kindergarten may be admitted to the first grade at the discretion of the Superintendent or designee and with the consent of the parent/guardian, upon determination that the child is ready for first-grade work. (Education Code 48011)

Admission shall be subject to the following minimum criteria: (5 CCR 200)

1. The student is at least five years of age.

2. The student has attended a public school kindergarten for a long enough time to enable school personnel to evaluate his/her ability.

3. The student is in the upper five percent of his/her age group in terms of general mental ability.

4. The physical development and social maturity of the student are consistent with his/her advanced mental ability.

5. The parent/guardian of the student has filed a written statement with the school district approving the placement in first grade.

Continuation in Kindergarten

Students who have completed one year of kindergarten shall be admitted to first grade unless the parent/guardian and the Superintendent or designee agree that the student shall continue in kindergarten for not more than one additional school year. (Education Code 48011)

Whenever a student continues in kindergarten for an additional year, the Superintendent or designee shall secure an agreement, signed by the parent/guardian, stating that the student shall continue in kindergarten for not more than one additional school year. (Education Code 46300)

Retention at Other Grade Levels

The Superintendent or designee shall identify students who should be retained or who are at risk of being retained Kindergarten - 8th grade. (Education Code 48070.5)

Students between grades kindergarten through 3, shall be identified primarily on the basis of their level of proficiency in reading. Proficiency in reading, English language arts and mathematics shall be the basis for identifying students between grades 4 through 8. (Education Code 48070.5)

(cf. 6142.91 - Reading/Language Arts Instruction)

(cf. 6142.92 - Mathematics Instruction)

Students shall be identified on the basis of either statewide assessment results or grades and other indicators of academic achievement, excluding interim assessments, as established by Board policy and demonstrated in the Promotion/Acceleration/Retention Exhibit.

(cf. 5121 - Grades/Evaluation of Student Achievement)

(cf. 6162.5 - Student Assessment)

If a student is identified as performing below the minimum standard for promotion, the student shall be retained in his/her current grade level unless the school site intervention team (teacher, principal, school psychologist, and resource staff) determines, in writing, that retention is not the appropriate intervention for the student's academic deficiencies. This determination shall specify the reasons that retention is not appropriate for the student and shall include recommendations for interventions other than retention that, in the opinion of the school site intervention team, are necessary to assist the student in attaining acceptable levels of academic achievement. (Education Code 48070.5)

If the student does not have a single regular classroom teacher (as in the case of Junior High School), the principal or designee shall specify the teacher(s) who will participate on the school intervention team, which has the responsibility for promotion or retention of students. (Education Code 48070.5)

When a student is identified as being at risk of retention, the Superintendent or designee shall so notify the student's parent/guardian as early in the school year as practicable. The student's parent/guardian shall be provided an opportunity to consult with the teacher(s) responsible for the decision to promote or retain the student. (Education Code 48070.5)

(cf. 5145.6 - Parental Notifications)

The Superintendent or designee shall also provide a copy of the district's promotion/retention policy and administrative regulation to those parents/guardians who have been notified that their child is at risk of retention.

The school site intervention team's decision to promote or retain a student may be appealed consistent with Governing Board policy, administrative regulation and law.

The burden shall be on the appealing party to show why the school site intervention team's decision should be overruled. (Education Code 48070.5)

To appeal a school site intervention team's decision, the appealing party shall submit a written request to the Superintendent or designee specifying the reasons that the school site intervention team's decision should be overruled. The appeal must be initiated within 10 school days of the determination of retention or promotion.

The school site intervention team shall be provided an opportunity to state orally and/or in writing the criteria on which his/her decision was based.

Within 30 days of receiving the request, the Superintendent or designee shall determine whether or not to overrule the team's decision. Prior to making this determination, the Superintendent or designee may meet with the appealing party and the school site intervention team. If the Superintendent or designee determines that the appealing party has overwhelmingly proven that the school site intervention team's decision should be overruled, he/she shall overrule the teacher's decision.

The Superintendent or designee's determination may be appealed by submitting a written appeal to the Board within 15 school days. Within 30 days of receipt of a written appeal, the Board shall meet in closed session to decide the appeal. The Board's decision may be made on the basis of documentation prepared as part of the appeal process or, at the discretion of the Board, the Board may also meet with the appealing party, the school site intervention team and the Superintendent/designee to decide the appeal. The decision of the Board shall be final.

(cf. 9321 - Closed Session Purposes and Agendas)

(cf. 9321.1 - Closed Session Actions and Reports)

If the decision of the Board is unfavorable to the appealing party, he/she shall have the right to submit a written statement of objections which shall become part of the student's record.

(cf. 5125 - Student Records)

(cf. 5125.3 - Challenging Student Records)

Policy KINGSBURG ELEMENTARY CHARTER SCHOOL DISTRICT

adopted: February 21, 2012 Kingsburg, California

revised: December 10, 2012

revised: October 15, 2018