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Student Promotion, Placement, Retention And Acceleration   

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The San Carlos School District's Policy on Promotion, Placement, Retention and Acceleration reflects a commitment to facilitate the best possible development for each student, by assigning the student to the grade level that is best suited academically, socially, and emotionally. Students shall progress through the grade levels by demonstrating academic progress based upon meeting a range of expectations for promotion, including district goals and objectives, and state, district, and teachers' standards. As part of our commitment to personalizing learning, students performing outside this range may be considered for acceleration, placement, or retention.

The Governing Board expects students to progress through each grade level within one school year and also understands that each child's learning is unique. Toward this end, instruction shall be designed to accommodate the variety of ways that students learn and provide strategies for addressing academic deficiencies as needed.

Students shall progress through the grade levels by demonstrating growth in learning and meeting grade-level standards of expected student achievement.

(cf. 6011 - Academic Standards)

(cf. 6146.5 - Elementary/Middle School Graduation Requirements)

(cf. 6170.1 - Transitional Kindergarten)

When high academic achievement is evident, the teacher may recommend a student for acceleration to a higher grade level. The student's maturity level, including the child's social and emotional development, shall be taken into consideration in making a determination to accelerate a student.

When a student does not perform at required grade level performance standards despite the use of appropriate instructional interventions, that student will be considered for retention and will be provided intensive supplemental instruction. Retention will be viewed as an opportunity for growth.

Teachers shall identity students who should be retained or who are at risk of being retained at their current grade level as early as possible in the school year and as early in their school careers as practicable. Such students shall be identified at the following grade levels: (Education Code 48070.5)

1. Between grades 2 and 3

2. Between grades 3 and 4

3. Between grades 4 and 5

4. Between grades 5 and 6

5. Between the end of grade 8 and the beginning of high school

Students shall be identified for retention on the basis of failure to meet minimum levels of proficiency, as indicated by grades and the following additional indicators of academic achievement:

District reading, writing and math assessments

Other district measures used to identify developmental readiness

Progress as noted on the student's report cards

(cf. 6162.5 - Student Assessment)

Students between grades 2 and 3 and grades 3 and 4 shall be identified primarily on the basis of their level of proficiency in reading. English language arts and mathematics shall be the basis for identifying students between grades 4 and 5, between intermediate and middle school grades, and between middle school grades and high school grades. (Education Code 48070.5)

(cf. 6142.91 - Reading/Language Arts Instruction)

(cf. 6142.92 - Mathematics Instruction)

If a student does not have a single regular classroom teacher, the Superintendent or designee shall specify the teacher(s) responsible for the decision to promote or retain the student. (Education Code 48070.5) The teacher's decision to promote or retain a student may be appealed in accordance with AR 5123 - Promotion/Acceleration/Retention.

When a student in grades 2-8 is retained or recommended for retention, the Superintendent or designee shall offer an appropriate program of remedial instruction to assist the student in meeting grade-level expectations. The district also may offer supplemental instruction to a student in grades K-8 who is identified as being at risk for retention. (Education Code 37252.2, 37252.8, 48070.5)

(cf. 6176 - Weekend/Saturday Classes)

(cf. 6177 - Summer Learning Programs)

(cf. 6179 - supplemental Instruction)

Legal Reference:


37252-37254.1 Supplemental instruction

41505-41508 Pupil Retention Block Grant

46300 Method of computing average daily attendance

48010 Admittance to first grade

48011 Promotion/retention following one year of kindergarten

48070-48070.5 Promotion and retention

56345 Elements of individualized education plan

60640-60649 California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress


200-202 Admission and exclusion of students

Management Resources:


FAQs Promotion, Retention, and Grading (students with disabilities)

FAQs Pupil Promotion and Retention

Kindergarten Continuance Form



California Department of Education:


adopted: September 20, 2018 San Carlos, California