Promotion and Retention Policy
Student placement and subsequent promotion shall be determined by academic performance and social and emotional maturity. The school administration and faculty shall apply these criteria when determining whether to promote or retain a student. Retention is a very significant measure that should be the result of the combined professional judgment of the school principal, teachers, guidance counselor and/or other support personnel.
Prior notification and explanation to each student's parents and guardian regarding his/her retention shall be given by the principal or his/her designee, but the final decision will rest with the school authorities.
The Superintendent or his/her designee shall be responsible for developing procedures in furtherance of this policy that are designed to foster student achievement and eliminate the incidence of social promotion except in extraordinary cases. Such procedures shall:
- include objective criteria for the promotion and graduation of students,
- provide for the measuring of the progress of students against such criteria and the reporting of such information to parents and students,
- include alternatives to promotion such as transition programs, and
- provide for supplemental services.
Such procedures may require students who have substantial deficiencies that jeopardize their eligibility for promotion or graduation to attend after-school programs, summer school or other programs that are designed to assist students in remedying such deficiencies.
Prior notification to each student's parents or guardian regarding required attendance in compensatory programs shall be given by the principal or his/her designee in a timely manner so as to promote cooperation with the family.
Legal Reference: Connecticut General Statutes:
10-221(b) Boards of education to prescribe rules
10-223a Promotion and graduation policies. Basic skills necessary for graduation, assessment process.
Revised: March 14, 2000
Reviewed: May 15, 2007