Retention & Promotion
For detailed information regarding student retention and promotion, please view the School Board's policy document 6000.1.
ELEMENTARY PROMOTION: Student Performance Levels for reading, writing, mathematics and science: In addition to the specific promotion criteria for reading and mathematics listed in the following matrix, promotion decisions must take into account a student’s proficiency in writing and science (based on proficiency levels to be determined by the District and/or the State Department of Education) (F.S. 1008.25(2)). The evaluation of each student’s progress must be based upon classroom work, observations, tests, District and State assessments and other relevant information. NOTE: No single assessment is the sole determiner of promotion. Third grader’s a subject to stricter promotion criteria as outlined in the link above.
Alternative Promotion Criteria-Good Cause (F.S. 1008.25(6)(b)): Any student who does not meet the reading and/or mathematics promotion criteria in the previous matrix may be promoted if the student meets one of the Good Cause options in Policy 6000.1, Appendix A and documentation submitted from the student’s teacher to the school principal indicates that the promotion is appropriate based upon the student’s academic record. All Good Cause decisions must be made and recorded by the end of the school year or the end of 3rd grade reading camp for 3rd graders, except in extenuating circumstances. Recommendations for promotion based on good cause shall be reviewed by the principal and discussed with the teacher for the determination as to whether the student should be retained or promoted. If the school principal determines that the student meets good-cause promotion criteria, the school principal shall make such a recommendation in writing to the superintendent. The superintendent shall accept or reject the principal’s recommendation in writing (F.S. 1008.25(6)(c)). In order to minimize paperwork requirements, such documentation shall consist only of the existing Progress Monitoring Plan (PMP), Individual Education Plan (IEP), if applicable, report card or portfolio.
There are many options for good cause promotion. Please view Policy 6000.1 (Appendix A, page 76) for all of the details.
*The portfolio option is to be used only when all other Good Cause options have been exhausted.
**If promoted under these criteria, intensive reading instruction must include an altered instructional day based upon a PMP that includes specialized diagnostic information and specific reading strategies.
***If promoted under these criteria, intensive reading and/or mathematics instruction must include an altered instructional day based upon a PMP that includes specialized diagnostic information and specific reading and/or mathematics strategies.
****The District establishes the type of documentation required for portfolios. Required portfolio documentation is specified for each grade level. Documentation requirements will take into account that not all students are using the adopted basal text.
- Promotion in Extraordinary Circumstances: The Superintendent, upon the written recommendation by the principal, may promote a student based upon extraordinary circumstances, which impacted the student’s performance (e.g. student with a terminal illness.). The superintendent shall accept or reject the principal’s recommendation in writing. This does not apply to students in grade three.
- Mid-Year Promotion: a. Prior to November 1st , third grade students who have been retained in third grade may be promoted to the fourth grade immediately after earning an acceptable level of performance on a state-approved assessment measuring achievement toward mastery of the Florida English Language Arts standards (F.S. 1008.25(7)(b)(3)). b. Students promoted during the school year after November 1 must demonstrate proficiency levels in reading equivalent to the level necessary for the beginning of fourth grade. c. ACCEL (described in this policy) allows for mid-year and whole-grade promotion for accelerated students in other elementary grades.