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Cautionary Notice: As added and amended by SBX3 4 (Ch. 12, Third Extraordinary Session, Statutes of 2009) and ABX4 2 (Ch. 2, Fourth Extraordinary Session, Statutes of 2009), Education Code 42605 grants districts flexibility in "Tier 3" categorical programs. The Escondido Union School District has accepted this flexibility and thus is deemed in compliance with the statutory or regulatory program and funding requirements for these programs for the 2008-09 through 2012-13 fiscal years. As a result, the district may temporarily suspend certain provisions of the following policy or regulation that reflect these requirements. For further information, please contact the Superintendent or designee.

Cautionary Notice 2010-13: AB 1610 (Ch. 724, Statutes of 2010) amended Education Code 37252.2 to relieve districts from the obligation, until July 1, 2013, to perform any activities that are deemed to be reimbursable state mandates under that section. As a result, certain provisions of the following policy or administrative regulation that reflect those requirements may be suspended.

In order to facilitate the best possible development of all students, the certificated staff is expected to place students at the grade level best suited for them academically, socially, and emotionally in accordance with state law, administrative regulations, and procedures.

The Board of Education expects students to progress through each grade within one school year. To accomplish this, instruction should accommodate the variety of ways students learn and include strategies for addressing academic deficiencies when needed.

(cf. 6011 - Academic Standards)

(cf. 6146.5 - Elementary School Promotion Requirements/Standards of Proficiency

With regard to special education students, the determination as to the appropriate standards for promotion or retention should be made as part of the IEP process.


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

As early as possible in the school year and in students' school careers, the superintendent or designee shall identify students who should be retained and who are at risk of being retained in accordance with law, board policy, administrative regulations, and the following criteria:

1. Students shall be identified on the basis of academic performance as measured by: grades, criterion referenced tests, performance assessments, and standardized tests.

2. Students may be referred to the school Student Study Team for discussion and monitoring.

3. When a student is identified as being at risk for retention, the superintendent or designee may provide opportunities for remedial instruction to assist the student in overcoming his/her academic deficiencies.

4. When a student is retained or recommended for retention, the superintendent or designee shall offer programs of direct, systematic, and intensive supplemental instruction in accordance with Education Code 37252.2 and board policy.

(cf. 6179 - Supplementary Instruction)

Intensive supplemental instruction opportunities for students already retained or for students at risk of being retained may include, but are not limited to tutorial programs, before- and after-school programs, Saturday instruction, summer school programs, and intersessions.

5. Each student's parent/guardian shall be notified and participate in discussions related to retention.

6. The final decision as to retention shall lie with the child's regular teacher in grades K-5, and with the child's language arts teacher in grades 6-8, but will be made in collaboration with the Student Study Team.

(cf. 5121 - Grades/Evaluation of Student Achievement)

(cf. 5149 - At-Risk Students)


When high academic achievement is evident, the superintendent or designee may recommend a student for acceleration into a higher-grade level. The student's maturity level shall be taken into consideration in making a determination to accelerate a student. Prior to the acceleration of any student, the following procedures are recommended:

1. Students shall be referred to the school Student Study Team for discussion.

2. Each student's parent/guardian shall be notified and participate in any discussion related to acceleration.

3. The decision to accelerate shall be based upon guidelines established by the district.

4. The final recommendation shall lie with the school principal in conjunction with parental approval.

Appeal Process

A process through which the decision of the teacher to retain or promote a pupil may be appealed. If an appeal is made, the burden shall be on the appealing party to show why the decision of the teacher should be overruled. See AR 5123 (b).

Legal Reference:


37252-37254.1 Supplemental instruction

41505-41508 Pupil Retention Block Grant

46300 Method of computing ADA

48011 Promotion/retention following one year of kindergarten

48070-48070.5 Promotion and retention

48431.6 Required systematic review of students and grading

56345 Elements of individualized education plan

60641-60648 Standardized Testing and Reporting Program

60850-60859 Exit examination


200-202 Admission and exclusion of students

Management Resources:


0900.90 Changes in Law Concerning Eligibility for Admission to Kindergarten 90-10


Performance Level Tables for the California Standards Tests and the California Alternative Performance Assessment

Parental Agreement Form: Agreement for Pupil to Continue in Kindergarten


Promotion and Retention #21610



California Department of Education:


adopted: October 23, 2003 Escondido, California

revised: September 14, 2006