In accordance with the policy of the board of education, the following criteria for the selection of students to be retained in their current grade, or denied course credit, will be used in this school district.
Students shall be promoted or receive credit for a course of study if a grade average of 60% has been achieved for an entire course of study as determined by the teacher.
Students in grades one through eight must achieve a grade average of 60% or higher in at least three major courses of study to be promoted to the next higher grade. The major courses of study are math, language arts, science, reading, and social studies.
(1) the parent(s) and/or guardian(s) of the student,
(2) the teacher assigned to the student who had responsibility for reading instruction in that academic year,
(3) a teacher in reading who teaches in the subsequent grade level, and
(4) a certified reading specialist.
The student shall be promoted to the fourth grade if the team members unanimously recommend "probationary promotion" to the school principal and the school district superintendent and the principal and the
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superintendent approve the recommendation that promotion is the best option for the student. If a student is allowed a "probationary
promotion," the team shall continue to review the reading performance of the student and repeat the requirements of this paragraph each academic year until the student demonstrates grade-level reading proficiency, as identified through a screening instrument which meets the acquisition of reading skills criteria, for the corresponding grade level in which the student is enrolled or transitions to the requirements set forth by the Achieving Classroom Excellence Act.
A third grade student may be promoted for “good cause” if the student meets one of the following statutory exemptions:
(1) Limited-English-proficient students who have had less than two years of instruction in an English language learner program;
(2) Students with disabilities whose individualized education plans, consistent with state law, indicates that the student is to be assessed with alternative achievement standards through the Oklahoma Alternate Assessment Program (OAAP);
(3) Students who demonstrate an acceptable level of performance on an alternative standardized reading assessment approved by the State Board of Education;
(4) Students who demonstrate through a student portfolio, that the student is reading on grade level as evidenced by demonstration of mastery of the state standards beyond the retention level;
(5) Students with disabilities who participate in the statewide assessments and who have an individualized education plan that reflects that the student has received intensive remediation for reading for more than two years but still demonstrates a deficiency in reading and was previously retained in prekindergarten for academic reasons, kindergarten, first grade, second grade, or third grade; and
(6) Students who have received intensive remediation in reading through a program of reading instruction for two or more years but still demonstrate a deficiency in reading and who were previously retained in prekindergarten for academic reasons, kindergarten, first grade, second grade, or third grade for a total of two years.
(7) Students who have been granted an exception for medical emergencies by the State Department of Education.
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Requests to exempt students from the mandatory retention requirements based on one of the good-cause exemptions shall be made using the following process:
In the elementary and middle schools, a placement committee consisting of the principal, counselor, and teacher(s) shall determine if a student is to be assigned to the next higher grade. The committee shall consider standardized test scores and the student's age.
Whenever a teacher or a placement committee recommends that a student be retained at the present grade level or not passed in a course, the parent(s) or guardian, if dissatisfied with the recommendation, may appeal the decision by complying with the district’s appeal process. The decision of the board of education shall be final. The parent(s) or guardian may prepare a written statement to be placed in and become a part of the permanent record of the student stating the parent(s)’s or guardian’s reason(s) for disagreeing with the decision of the board.
REFERENCE: 70 O.S. §24-114.1
70 O.S. §1210.508C