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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.

The Governing Board expects students to progress through each grade within one school year. To accomplish this, instruction should accommodate the varying interests and growth patterns of individual children 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.

Progress toward middle school promotion shall be based on the student's ability to meet the requirements set by the grade level standards of expected student achievement.


Acceleration is possible when high academic achievement is evident. However, the student's social and emotional growth shall be taken into consideration before placing him/her in a higher grade.


The Board recognizes that very few children benefit from being retained during the elementary and middle grades. The Superintendent or designee shall study current research on retention and promote alternatives to retention among certificated staff. Intervention programs will be in place at all sites.

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

Students shall be identified on the basis of multiple measures. The following indicators of academic achievement shall be used:

California state testing results, Direct Writing Assessment, Grades, Classroom evidence, curriculum embedded assessments and teacher developed assessments. The student's social and emotional growth, as well as age, shall be taken into consideration before retaining him/her.

When a student is recommended for retention or is identified as being at risk for retention, the Superintendent or designee shall provide for opportunities for intervention to assist the student in overcoming his/her academic deficiencies. Such opportunities may include but are not limited to tutorial programs, before and after-school programs, summer school programs, and/ or establishment of a student study team.

(cf. 6164.5 - Student Study Teams)

(cf. 6177 - Summer School)

Before retaining a student, the principal or principal's designee shall determine that:

1. The student has not met grade-level standards of expected student achievement.

2. Intervention has not sufficiently prepared the student for advancement.

3. Appropriate intervention targeted to the student's needs will be provided in addition to retention.

4. The student's parent/guardian has been notified and given an opportunity to consult with the teacher prior to retention.

Parental accord is suggested but not required unless at the kindergarten level. The final decision shall lie with the school authorities.

Retained students may be given the opportunity to attend a different district school.

(cf. 5111 - Admission)

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

(cf. 6146.5 - Middle School Promotion Ceremony Requirements)

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: May 8, 2007 Rescue, California