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Promotion and Retention of Students

            Code:  IKE



Maine School Administrative District No. 31



It is the Board’s intent to provide sequential instructional programming that provides equitable opportunity for students to acquire the knowledge and skills that will enable them to meet the content standards of the system of Learning Results at each grade level.  The Board recognizes that at every grade level, there are differences among students in their intellectual, physical, social, and emotional development, and that individual students may be more proficient in some content areas of the Learning Results than in others.  Students may also differ in their progress toward achieving the cross-curricular skills identified in the Guiding Principles of the Learning Results.


While most students will advance from one grade to another at the end of the academic year, some students may benefit from retention or acceleration.  Assignment of a student to a grade level should be consistent with the best educational interest of that student.


            A.        Criteria


                        The following criteria will be used in making decisions concerning promotion, retention and acceleration.  Although all listed criteria may be considered in the decision-making process, because of the relationship between a student’s achievement of the content standards of the system of Learning Results and his/her future success in school, more consideration shall be given to the criterion articulated in paragraph “A” below than to any other factors.


                        1.         Achievement of the content standards of the Learning Results as demonstrated through classroom assessments, common assessments, standardized tests, portfolios, performances, exhibitions, projects and other elements of the school unit’s local assessment system;


                        2.         Achievement of cross-curricular skills associated with the Guiding Principles of the Learning Results.


                        3.         Participation and success in remedial programs, tutoring, summer school, and/or other opportunities for success;


                        4.         Potential benefit from repetition of a grade or learning experiences;


                        5.         Potential for success if accelerated;


                        6.         Attendance;



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                        7.         Social and emotional maturity;


                        8.         Health;


                        9.         Age in relation to grade placement;


                        10.       Program options;


                        11.       Student attitude; and


                        12.       Parental concerns.


            B.        Retention


                        Parents should be notified as early as possible in the event that retention is being considered.  Parents will be informed of the remediation options available to students such as tutoring, online/Internet-based resources, after-school programs, and summer school.  Whenever possible, decisions concerning retention should be made through a conference involving parents, the student’s teacher, the building principal, and, as appropriate, the guidance counselor, other professional staff, and/or consultants.  Advancement to the next grade may be made conditional on successful remediation or demonstrated proficiency within a specified period of time.


                        The principal shall be responsible for making the final decision regarding retention.  A parent who is dissatisfied with the principal’s decision may appeal to the Superintendent.  The Superintendent’s decision shall be final.



            C.        Acceleration


                        Decisions regarding acceleration shall be made by the principal in consultation with the student’s teacher(s), the Gifted and Talented Education Coordinator, and other professional staff or consultants, as appropriate.  A parent who is dissatisfied with the principal’s decision may appeal to the Superintendent.  The Superintendent’s decision shall be final.




            D.        Transfer Students


                        For students who transfer into the school system from another state or educational program not required to meet the content standards of the


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                        system of Learning Results, the principal will determine the value of the student’s prior educational experience for the purpose of grade placement or the fulfillment of credits.


Legal Reference:      Ch. 127 (Me. Dept. of Ed. Rule)


Cross Reference:      IK – Student Achievement

                                    IKA – Grading/Academic Assessment

                                    IKAB – Report Cards/Progress Reports

                                    IKF – Graduation Requirements

                                    ILA – Student Assessment/Local Assessment System


Adopted:        First Reading: 5/21/14

                        Second Reading: 6/18/14




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