PROMOTION/RETENTION/PLACEMENT POLICY 1. Students must achieve an average of 70 or better in each of the following core-content courses: ELA and or reading, math, science and social studies.
2. Students must pass all sections of the STAAR to be eligible for promotion.
3. Students who fail more than two (2) core courses during a school year will not be eligible for promotion.
4. Students who have failed a core-content course(s) and/or a STAAR exam(s) must successfully complete accelerated instruction during extended year to meet promotion requirements. Successful completion requires 100% attendance and mastery of the objectives for that grade level.
5. Students who have failed a core-content course(s) and/or a STAAR exam(s), and who do not successfully complete accelerated instruction during extended year may only advance to the next grade by a unanimous decision made by the Grade Placement Committee.
6. Students who have failed a portion of the STAAR test may lose elective courses, the following school year, in order to make room in the schedule for the remedial program.
7. If an appeal has been initiated by the parent or guardian, the Grade Placement Committee (GPC) may decide in favor of promotion only if the GPC concludes, upon review of all facts and circumstances and in accordance with standards adopted by the local school board, that the student is likely to perform on grade level given additional accelerated instruction during the next school year. A student may be promoted only if the GPC’s decision is unanimous. The review and final decision of the GPC must be appropriately documented as meeting the standards adopted by the local school board. These standards may include but are not limited to the following:
a. Component 1: evidence of satisfactory student performance, including grades, portfolios, work samples local assessments, and individual reading and mathematics diagnostic tests or inventories. The following information may be used to determine evidence of satisfactory student performance: Writing Folders - Satisfactory scores on writing assignments Benchmark Assessment Scores - Passing grades of at least 85 or above on reading and math tests Report Card Grades - Students must pass each core class (reading, English, math, science, and social studies) in order to be promoted. Norm-Referenced Tests Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System Results TELPAS Reading (ADVANCED) Checkpoint Tests - Average of 85 or higher on checkpoint tests in reading and math Teacher Observation Inclusion information through the ARD b. Component 2: improvement in student test performance over the available testing opportunities; and c. Component 3: extenuating circumstances that have adversely affected the student’s participation in either the required assessments or accelerated instruction. d. Component 4: The following information will be considered as appropriate: Enrollment data: mobility and attendance Previous records of retention and student’s age Universal Screening Data Record of previous intervention, Individual Intervention Plan Previous referrals for special education Documentation of the Early Intervention Team Schedules and notes from parent conferences Parent contacts Any other appropriate information from the student’s cumulative folder
8. In exceptional cases, placement of a student at the appropriate grade level may occur with the approval of a campus committee.
Aldine Independent School District does not discriminate against persons because of race, creed, national origin, age, sex, disabilities, economic status or language disability in employment, promotion or educational programming. Any complaints or grievances which cannot be solved at campus level through the principal may be submitted in writing to Dr. Archie Blanson, Deputy Superintendent, 14910 Aldine Westfield Rd., Houston, TX 77032.