636 – Assignment To Grade Levels

Assignment.  Students shall be assigned to grade levels based upon their achievements and progress and based upon consultation between the instructional staff and the parents or guardians.

Promotion.  Promotion is the authorization for a student to progress from one grade level to the next higher grade level for the next school year. Students will be promoted to the next grade level at the end of each school year based upon the student’s achievement, age, maturity, emotional stability, and social adjustment.

Retention.  Retention is the decision to retain a student in a grade level from one school year to the next school year. The retention of a student will be determined based upon the judgement of the principal and district’s professional staff. When it becomes evident a student may be retained in a grade level for an additional year, the parents will be informed prior to making the retention decision. It is within the sole discretion of the district to retain students in their current grade level and to deny promotion to a student.

Acceleration.  Acceleration is the authorization for a student to progress from one grade level to another higher grade level during a school year or to progress from one grade level to another higher grade level which is higher than the next succeeding level at the end of a school year. Students in grades kindergarten through twelve with exceptional talents may, with the permission of the principal and parents, take classes beyond their current grade level. In extreme cases, the principal and district professional staff may approve authorization for the student to move to a higher grade level.

Retention or Acceleration in kindergarten through twelfth grade may also occur in additional situations as provided by law.

Decisions.  The assignment, promotion, retention or acceleration of a student is an individual matter, and the circumstances of each student shall be considered on their own merits and with regard to the best interests of the student.  These decisions shall be made by the principal after consultation with the teachers and counselors involved and with input from the parents or guardians. The final decision rest in the principal and district’s professional staff.

Date of Revision: December 10, 2018

Legal References: 279.8, 280.3, 280.14, Code of Iowa, 281 I.A.C. 12.3(4), 12.5(13), 12.3(9)


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