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Promotion

Students who meet the age eligibility for the next grade level, and have met grade level expectations for promotion, shall be promoted to the next grade level.

Transitional Kindergarten

Students who turn 5 from September 2 to December 2 during the current school year are eligible for full-year (Fall) transitional kindergarten, which begins the first day of the school year. All students participating in full-year transitional kindergarten will be placed in kindergarten in the following year.

Students who turn 5 from September 2 until the last day of school during the current school year, and who are not already enrolled in full-year transitional kindergarten, are eligible for half-year (Spring) transitional kindergarten, which begins the first day of second semester of the school year. All students participating in half-year transitional kindergarten will be placed in kindergarten in the following year.

Kindergarten and First Grade

Early Admission to Kindergarten

Students who turn 5 years of age after September 1 of the current school year may be eligible for early admission to kindergarten (Education Code 48900) subject to the following criteria:

1. The Governing Board determines that the admittance is in the best interests of the child.

2. The parent/guardian is given information regarding the advantages and disadvantages and any other explanatory information about the effect of this early admittance.

3. The student has earned a passing score on the end of first trimester assessment for kindergarten.

4. The Student Study Team at the school proposed for early admission has reviewed the request and given approval.

5. The principal at the school proposed for early admission has reviewed the request and given approval.

6. The parent/guardian of the student has filed a written statement approving early admission to kindergarten.

Acceleration

A student who does not meet the age criteria may be admitted to first grade or to second grade at the discretion of the principal and with the consent of the parent/guardian, (Education Code 48011) subject to the following criteria:

1. The student is at least five years of age for first grade or at least six years of age for second grade.

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

3. The student has shown evidence that he/she has mastered the grade level standards established by the district.

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

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

6. The school's Student Study Team has determined that acceleration to the next grade is in the best interest of the student.

7. The parent/guardian of the student has filed a written statement approving placement in the first grade or in the second grade.

Continuation

Any student who meets the age eligibility requirement and has completed one year of kindergarten shall be admitted to first grade unless the parent/guardian and the principal agree that the student shall continue in kindergarten.

Any student who meets the age eligibility requirement and has completed one year of first grade shall be admitted to second grade unless the parent/guardian and the principal agree that the student shall continue in first grade.

Whenever the Superintendent or designee and the parents/guardians agree that a student shall continue in kindergarten or first grade for an additional year, the principal shall secure an agreement, signed by the parent/guardian, stating that the student shall continue in that grade level for not more than one additional school year.

Continuation in kindergarten or first grade shall be subject to the following criteria:

1. The student has attended the district program for an adequate period of time to enable school personnel to evaluate his/her ability, or if the student has attended a program outside the district, school personnel will evaluate available report cards and assessments and/or recommend additional assessments to complete and evaluation.

2. The student has shown evidence that he/she has not mastered grade level standards established by the district.

3. The student is socially, physically and/or mentally unable to perform work in next grade level.

4. The student's age is not considered to have a negative impact on the placement.

5. The school's Student Study Team has analyzed the student's progress and determined that retention in the current grade is in the best interest of the student.

6. The parent/guardian of the student has filed a written statement approving continuation in kindergarten or the first grade.

Retention at Other Grade Levels

If a student is identified as performing below the minimum standard for promotion to the next grade level based on the indicators specified below, the student shall be retained in his/her current grade level unless the student's regular classroom teacher 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 teacher, are necessary to assist the student in attaining acceptable levels of academic achievement. (Education Code 48070.5)

If the teacher's recommendation to promote is contingent on the student's participation in a summer school or interim session remediation program, the student's academic performance shall be reassessed at the end of the remediation program, and the decision to retain or promote the student shall be reevaluated at that time. The teacher's evaluation shall be provided to and discussed with the student's parents/guardians and the principal before any final determination of retention or promotion. (Education Code 48070.5)

When a student is identified as being at risk of retention, the principal 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)

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 following assessments, as appropriate at each grade level, will be used as performance indicators to determine eligibility for promotion at the end of grades 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9.

1. DIBELS reading assessments

2. STAR reading assessments

3. STAR math assessments

4. Marks and/or performance levels indicated on report cards

5. CAASPP (California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress) assessments

For any student recommended for retention, the parent/guardian shall be provided the reasons for the recommendation in writing, including the specific indicators upon which the recommendation was based.

Acceleration

When the teacher determines that a student is academically performing at a level that is more than one full grade level higher than his/her current grade and is developmentally ready, a student may be accelerated to the next higher grade at the recommendation of the teacher or Student Study Team and the approval of the principal and the parent/guardian.

Written documentation signed by the parent of the decision to accelerate a student will be filed in the student's cumulative record.

Special Education Students

The IEP (Individual Education Plan) for special education students supersedes all other promotion and retention criteria set forth in these regulations. The determination to promote or retain will be made as part of the IEP process.

Non/Limited English Proficient Students

Students with less than three years of English instruction will not be retained unless it is determined that the student is not making adequate progress due to factors other than language acquisition. The recorded decision of the Student Study Team, including the classroom teacher, will provide documentation as to why this determination was made and will be placed in the student's cumulative record.

Appeal Process

When a student's parent/guardian appeals the teacher's decision to promote or retain a student, the burden shall be on the parent/guardian to show why the teacher's decision should be overruled. (Education Code 48070.5)

The appeal process shall follow the following procedures:

1. The parent/guardian shall submit a written statement to the Superintendent or designee specifying the reasons why the teacher's decision to retain should be overruled. This statement must be submitted within 10 school days of the notification from the district to the parent/guardian of the decision to promote or retain.

2. The teacher making the recommendation for promotion or retention shall be provided an opportunity to state orally and/or in writing the criteria on which the decision was based.

3. Within 30 days of receiving the appeal, a decision shall be made whether or not to overrule the recommendation.

4. Prior to making this determination, a meeting may be held with the parent/guardian and appropriate school personnel.

The Superintendent or designee's written decision to support or overrule the recommendation for retention shall be given to the teacher, principal, and parent/guardian. The Superintendent or designee's decision may be appealed by submitting a written appeal to the Board within 15 school days of receiving the written decision. Within 30 days of receipt of the 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 teacher and the Superintendent or designee to decide the appeal. The decision of the Board shall be final.

If the decision of the Board is unfavorable to the appealing party, the parent/guardian shall have the opportunity to submit a written statement of objection, which shall become part of the student's record.

Regulation BONITA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

approved: June 22, 2016 San Dimas, California