Promotion/Retention Policy

 

Anderson County School District No. 2

Policy

PROMOTION AND RETENTION

Code IKE Issued 06/09

Purpose: To establish the basic structure for the promotion, retention and acceleration of students.

The district affirms academic excellence for students. This promotion/retention policy describes the standards our students must meet in order to maintain academic excellence and to be considered for promotion from one grade to the next.

This policy will be applicable to all students who are in the regular school program. Students enrolled in special education programs will be governed by the Individual Educational Plan (IEP). The district will administer this policy fairly, equitably, and consistently in the schools.

Promotion/Retention

Kindergarten

Kindergarten students who successfully meet grade level standards will be promoted to grade one. Kindergarten students who are not developmentally ready for first grade may be considered for retention. Children who will be six years old on or before September 1 will be assigned to first grade unless sound documentation exists indicating that retention in kindergarten is warranted and is in the best interest of the student's future academic success. Decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis involving parents/guardians, teacher, and principal.

Grades one through five

Students in grades one through five are expected to learn state English language arts, mathematics, science and social studies curriculum standards as evidenced by the following criteria for promotion.

Criterion 1: The student has earned passing grades as the final yearly average in both

reading and mathematics.

Criterion 2: The student has earned a passing grade when the final science and social studies

grades are averaged together.

Students in grades one through five who are retained are strongly recommended to participate in assistive programs provided by the school to address the areas of deficit. (e.g. Reading Intervention Program, 21st Century Community Learning Centers, etc. as appropriate).

Criterion 3: The student met attendance requirement.Anderson County School District No. 2

Grades six through eight

Students in grades six through eight are expected to learn state English language arts, mathematics, science and social studies curriculum standards as evidenced by the following criteria for promotion.

Criterion 1: The student has earned a passing grade as the final yearly average in each

core content area (English language arts, mathematics, science and social

studies).

OR

Criterion 2: The student has earned a passing grade as the final yearly average in at least

three of the four core content areas (English language arts, mathematics,

science and social studies).

AND

The student is required to participate in an assistive program(s) provided by

the school to address the area(s) of deficit (e.g. Reading Intervention

Program, 21st Century Community Learning Centers, etc. as appropriate).

Criterion 3: The student met attendance requirements.

Criterion 2 does not apply if the student has failed the same subject two consecutive years. If the student fails the same subject (math or English language arts) for two consecutive years after being served through assistive programs, the student must be retained in his/her current grade level.

High school (grades 9-12) student classification

In grades 9 through 12, in order to be eligible for promotion to the next grade classification, students must have earned a minimum number of units, as specified below.

To be promoted to Grade 10, students must have earned a minimum of six units of credit. The student must have completed a minimum of one English unit and one mathematics unit.

To be promoted to Grade 11, students must have earned a minimum of 10 units of credit. The student must have a minimum of two English units and two mathematics units.

To be promoted to Grade 12, diploma candidate students must have earned a minimum of 16 units and enrolled in all courses necessary to complete State Board of Education requirements for graduation. The minimum number of units required for a 12th grade Anderson County School District No. 2

student to be enrolled in B-HP is five (5) units. One of these units must be English and one must be math. In addition to the required units of credit, all diploma graduates must have passed both parts of the Exit Exam (HSAP) before graduation. Seniors must attend classes and work toward attaining all units in which they are enrolled in order to remain a student at B-HP.

Graduation requirements are outlined yearly in the B-HP Course Selection Guide and updated annually according to state regulations.

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Implementation of Policy

The principal will be held responsible for compliance with this policy and administrative procedures for communication with parents/guardians.

In grades 1-12, a final grade for each subject is determined by computing the arithmetic mean of the numerical grades earned at the end of each grading period.

In the case of a student who transfers into the district, careful consideration will be given to the student’s previous progress as reflected in the cumulative record. If the information is inadequate and school personnel are unable to obtain further information, the counselor and other support personnel will conduct intensive screening to assist in making the decision on proper placement.

If a student is recommended to be placed at the next grade level due to previous retention(s), a decision will be made on a case-by-case basis involving parent/guardians, teacher, principal and district office instructional staff.

Information to parents/legal guardians

The school will distribute and/or make every student and parent/legal guardian aware of this promotion/ retention policy at the beginning of the academic year. The district/school will also make every effort to educate and inform parents/legal guardians and students of this policy through district information and/or in school handbooks, newsletters, and parent meetings.

Adopted 7/9/90; Revised 10/14/02, 1/9/06

Legal references:

A. S.C. Code of Law 1976 as amended:

1. Section 59-18-130 – Reports consolidated; submission dates.

B. State Board of Education Regulations;

1. R43 -240 – Summer programs.

2. R43 -262 – Assessment program.