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La Canada USD |  AR  6146.5  Instruction

Elementary School Promotion/Standards Of Proficiency   

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Minimum Standards of Proficiency

Minimum Proficiency Standards are to be demonstrated in grades 6, 8 and 10 to measure their achievement according to standards in the following areas: (Education Code 51216)

1. Reading Skills

a. Comprehension

b. Vocabulary

2. Language and Writing Skills

3. Mathematical Skills

The testing instruments and the criteria for passing shall be reviewed by appropriate District certificated staff members. Lists indicating the areas of competency in which students are expected to be knowledgeable will be available to each school site. Parents/guardians may review the competency standards at the school their student attends.

Students at each grade level shall be provided with a variety of remedial opportunities in those instances where proficiency standards are not met.

Students shall be provided with retest and alternative assessment opportunities in those instances where proficiency standards are not met.

1. Kindergarten and First Grade

Based in teacher observation and judgment, students who exhibit learning difficulties shall be referred to the School Study Team for recommendation of assessment and remediation.

2. Second through Fifth Grades

Using the results of the Comprehensive Test of Basic Skills (CTBS) administered the prior Spring, the staff will identify those students testing at the 25th percentile or below in reading, language or mathematics. These students shall be referred to the School Study Team for recommendation of assessment and remediation.

3. Sixth Grade

The CTBS shall be administered to all students. Those students scoring below the 25th percentile in either Reading, Written Language and/or Math shall be considered nonproficient.

A writing sample, to be evaluated on the basis of the District rubric, shall also be administered. Students who do not meet established "pass" criteria shall be identified as nonproficient in that area.

A letter signed by appropriate personnel at the school will be sent to parents/guardians of nonproficient students, requesting a conference. In the event the parent/guardian declines the conference opportunity, written notification of the area of nonproficiency will be sent to the home. The form shall also be used as a formal record of a conference.

The School Study Team shall recommend a plan of remediation for those students failing to meet minimum proficiency levels in a given area. The parents/guardians shall be involved in this meeting.

Regulation LA CANADA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

approved: January 16, 1996 La Canada Flintridge, California