Board Policy 6530
Promotion and retention decisions shall be made in the best interests of the student using the expertise of professional personnel, parent input, and data collected. The decision to promote a student to the next grade shall be based on successful completion of the curriculum, attendance, performance based on the Illinois Standards Achievement Tests, or other testing. A student shall not be promoted based upon age or any other social reason not related to academic performance. Promotion of a student having an Individual Education Plan (IEP), or receiving reasonable accommodations pursuant to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, shall be determined by the student’s education team.
The administration shall determine remedial assistance for a student who is not promoted. The remediation plan may include summer school, special homework, modified instructional materials, other modifications in the instructional program, or retention in grade.
The possible retention or acceleration of any pupil shall be discussed at a reasonably early time in the school year with the parent(s) and or guardian(s) prior to a final decision being reached. Prior to a recommendation to retain a student, the principal must submit a Student Retention Form to the Curriculum and Instruction Office.
Since the School Code requires the Board to provide a full day of school for all children who reach the age of seven; no kindergarten student who reaches the age of six during the kindergarten year may be retained either with or without parental consent. Children who do not reach the age of six during kindergarten can be retained only with parental consent because the only legal prerequisite for first grade admission is age (reaching six by September 1).
Pupils satisfactorily completing the eighth grade are eligible to participate in a promotion assembly unless prohibited by the school administration for disciplinary reasons. It shall be the practice of the District not to conduct promotion or graduation assemblies at the end of the sixth grade.