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Jennifer Gill, Superintendent
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Springfield, IL 62704
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NO "SOCIAL PROMOTION" POLICY

August 12, 1998

Criteria for promotion for students to grades 3, 6, and high school are listed below. When it becomes apparent during the school year that a student may not meet the criteria for promotion to the next grade, parents will be notified and a remediation plan will be developed. This remediation plan may include summer school attendance. However, if a student has not met any one of these criteria for promotion, a principal may recommend retention. With regard to the subtest scores on the district's standardized test, the student must be below the cut score in reading, and language and mathematics. These criteria are as follows:

To Enter Grade Three:

Grade equivalent score of 2.1 on the California Achievement Test in total reading, total language and total mathematics.
Passing all core subjects
No more than 18 days of unexcused absences
To Enter Grade Six:

Grade equivalent score of 5.1 on the CAT in total reading, total language and total mathematics.
Passing all core subjects
No more than 18 days of unexcused absences
To Enter High School:

Grade equivalent score of 7.1 on the CAT in total reading, total language and total mathematics.
Passing all core subjects
No more than 18 days of unexcused absences
With regard to high school, the district's Master Plan already calls for the development of a local high stakes graduation test by 2002.

SPECIAL EDUCATION:

The Springfield District 186 school promotion policy applies to special education students unless their Individualized Education Plan (IEP) establishes otherwise. A committee will be formed in September of 1998 to develop specific guidelines.

NOTIFICATION AND DOCUMENTATION:

Parents of children who are failing must be notified at the end of each nine weeks. Each school shall establish the method of this notification and will document this communication. However, at the conclusion of the first semester, the attached letter will continue to be distributed.
When students have accumulated 10 days of unexcused absences, they will be formally notified in writing by the school of the possibility of retention.
REMEDIATION PLAN:

Once students have been notified as having the potential for failure, parents must be notified and a remediation plan should be drawn up and signed by a parent.
Intervention and remediation plans should include the following factors: instructional skills to be reinforced, the person responsible for each step, monitoring procedures, and plans for modification as necessary.
RETENTION:

Second, fifth and eighth grade students who do not meet promotion criteria and do not meet the exit criteria of summer school will be retained.
The promotion policy does not preclude retention of students other than the aforementioned grades. Promotion decisions for these grades should be based on successful completion of the curriculum, test scores and attendance.
EXEMPTIONS AND APPEALS:

Each principal may decide if there are extenuating circumstances which would allow for a promotion to take place even though the student has not met the criteria. These students will be a focus of attention in the next grade to ensure there is academic progress.
Each principal will provide a list of retained students to the appropriate supervisor and the Director of Student Services.
A decision to retain a student may be appealed by a parent/guardian to the principal's supervisor.