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The Board of Trustees expects students to progress through each grade level within one school year. Toward this end, instruction shall be designed to accommodate the variety of ways that students learn and provide strategies for addressing academic deficiencies as needed.

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

(cf. 6011 - Academic Standards)

(cf. 6146.1 - High School Graduation Requirements)

(cf. 6146.5 - Elementary/Middle School Graduation Requirements)

(cf. 6170.1 - Transitional Kindergarten)


When high academic achievement is evident, the teacher may recommend a student for acceleration to a higher grade level. The Student Study Team process shall be followed and include the principal or designee in the final meeting for determination. The following indicators shall be taken into consideration in making a determination to accelerate a student:

1. The student's maturity level

2. Current and past grades

3. Growth on district assessments

4. And other measures


Teachers shall identify students who should be retained or who are at risk of being retained at their current grade level as early as possible in the school year and as early in their school careers as practicable. Such students shall be identified at the following grade levels: (Education Code 48070.5)

1. Between grades 1and 2

2. Between grades 2 and 3

3. Between grades 3 and 4

4. Between grades 4 and 5

5. Between the end of the intermediate grades and the beginning of the middle school grades

6. Between the end of the middle school grades and the beginning of the high school grades

Students shall be identified for retention on the basis of failure to meet minimum levels of proficiency, as indicated by grades and the following additional indicators of academic achievement:

* District assessments

* Response to Instruction and Intervention (growth measures and SST data)

* Standardized test results

* Writing samples

* Portfolios

* And other measures

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

(cf. 5149 - At-Risk Students)

Students between grades 1 and 4 shall be identified primarily on the basis of their level of proficiency in reading. Progress toward proficiency in reading, English language arts, and mathematics shall be the basis for identifying students between grades 4 and 5, between intermediate and middle school grades, and between middle school grades and high school grades. (Education Code 48070.5)

(cf. 6142.91 - Reading/Language Arts Instruction)

(cf. 6142.92 - Mathematics Instruction)

If a student does not have a single regular classroom teacher, the Principal or designee shall specify the teacher(s) responsible for the decision to promote or retain the student. (Education Code 48070.5)

The teacher's decision to promote or retain a student may be appealed in accordance with AR 5123 - Promotion/Acceleration/Retention.

When any student is recommended for retention or is identified as being at risk for retention, the Principal or designee shall offer an appropriate program of supplemental instruction to assist the student in meeting grade-level expectations as determined through the SST process (see AR 5123). (Education Code 48070.5)

(cf. 6176 - Weekend/Saturday Classes)

(cf. 6177 - Summer Learning Programs)

(cf. 6179 - Supplemental Instruction)

Legal Reference:


46300 Method of computing average daily attendance

48010 Admittance to first grade

48011 Promotion/retention following one year of kindergarten

48070-48070.5 Promotion and retention

56345 Elements of individualized education program

60640-60649 California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress


200-202 Admission and exclusion of students

Management Resources:


FAQs Promotion, Retention, and Grading (students with disabilities)

FAQs Pupil Promotion and Retention

Kindergarten Continuance Form



California Department of Education:


adopted: October 15, 2019 Lancaster, California