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Cautionary Notice: AB 97 (Ch. 47, Statutes of 2013) repealed Education Code 42605, which provided temporary flexibility for specified "Tier 3" categorical programs, and instead redirects the funding for those categorical programs into the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) (Education Code 42238.01-42251). The supplemental and concentration grant portions of the LCFF may be used for any schoolwide or districtwide educational purpose in accordance with state regulations to be adopted by January 31, 2014, with a goal of increasing or improving services for English learners, foster youth, and students eligible for free and reduced-price meals. Certain requirements related to Tier 3 categorical program(s) in the following policy or regulation are no longer applicable.

Cautionary Notice 2013-14: AB 110 (Ch. 20, Statutes of 2013) amended Government Code 17581.5 to relieve districts from the obligation, until July 1, 2014, 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.

The Board of Education expects students to progress through each grade level within one school year. To accomplish this, instruction should accommodate the variety of ways that children learn and include strategies for addressing academic deficiencies when 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. 6146.5 - Elementary/Middle School Graduation Requirements)

Progress toward high school graduation shall be based on students' ability to pass the courses necessary to earn the required number of credits and, beginning in the 2003-04 school year, on their ability to pass the state high school exit examination.

(cf. 6146.1 - High School Graduation Requirements)

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.

As early as possible in the school year, 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 regulation and the following criteria.

Students shall be identified on the basis of teacher assessments (e.g., grades) and standardized test results may also be considered. The following other factors to be considered should include:

1. Information from a variety of measures, teacher evaluations including interest and motivation, identified learning disabilities, second language English learner status

2. Social development

3. Attendance

4. Previous retentions

5. Chronological age

(cf. 5149 - At-Risk Students)

When a student in grades 2 through 9 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 37252.5.

Involuntary Transfer

A decision to transfer a student involuntarily into continuation/small necessary/community day education classes shall be based on a finding that the student's behavior, attendance, and/or academic progress is prohibiting advancement toward earning a high school diploma. (Education Code 48432.5)

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: June 25, 2002 Petaluma, California

revised: November 12, 2013