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Promotion, Retention, and Graduation Requirements

Promotion, Retention, and Graduation Requirements

 

K-8 Promotion & Retention

The Valdosta City Board of Education (“the Board”) shall require all schools governed by its authority to abide by the State Board of Education Rule 160-4-2-.11, which specifies how the state-adopted assessments administered in grades 3, 5, and 8 will be used in making promotion, placement and retention decisions for students.

The Board hereby authorizes the district Teaching and Learning Department to establish procedures or regulations for local promotion criteria to be used in making decisions concerning promotion, placement or retention of students in Grades 1, 2, 4, 6, and 7, (and for students in grades 3, 5, and 8 in years when, and if, reliance on state-adopted assessments has been waived). Such procedures or regulations must be approved by the Superintendent or designee(s) and shall provide for the following: 

  1. Each teacher shall be responsible for determining through a variety of assessments whether a student appears to be on grade level or achieving at a level which, with accelerated, differentiated, or additional instruction or interventions, would allow the student to perform at grade level by the conclusion of the subsequent school year.
  2. Where the teacher believes the student is not performing at such level, the teacher must implement remediation efforts as set forth in regulations or procedures.

  3. A mechanism shall be established whereby a school level team will review a student’s performance prior to any decision to retain the student.

  4. Prior to a student’s retention, the student’s parents must be notified of the possibility of retention and given the opportunity to attend a meeting to discuss the matter.

  5. For any student receiving special education or related services, the Individual Education Plan Committee shall serve as the placement committee.

  6. A school level promotion and retention decision is final and subject to appeal only at the discretion of the Superintendent or designee. 

    The following local promotion criteria will be used beginning in the 2016-2017 school year. Students in each grade must pass the following requirements in addition to any state requirements:

KINDERGARTEN:

  1.  Mastery of 80% of the English/language arts points assigned to standards as reported in the final grading period.
  2.  Mastery of 80% of the mathematics points assigned to standards as reported in the final grading period.
  3.  Mastery of a minimum reading proficiency level as determined by the district.

 FIRST AND SECOND GRADES:

  1. Final grade average of 70 or above in English/language arts and mathematics. 
  2. Mastery of a minimum reading proficiency level as determined by the district. 
THIRD THROUGH FIFTH GRADES: 
  1. Final grade average of 70 or above in all four academic subjects: mathematics, English/language arts, science and social studies.
  2. Third grade students must score on or above grade level on the reading portion of the Georgia Milestone Assessment System (GMAS).
  3. Fifth grade students must achieve a reading level of ON or ABOVE grade level on the reading portion of GMAS to be considered eligible for promotion AND must achieve the Developing Learner achievement level in Mathematics.
  4. Mastery of a minimum reading proficiency level as determined by the district.

SIXTH THROUGH EIGHTH GRADES:

  1. Final grade average of 70 or above in all four academic subjects: English/ language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.
  2. A student must have an average of 70 or above in 3 out of 4 connection grading segments.
  3. Eighth grade students must achieve a reading level of ON or ABOVE grade level on the reading portion of the GMAS to be considered eligible for promotion AND must achieve the Developing Learner achievement level in Mathematics.
  4. Mastery of a minimum reading proficiency level as determined by the district.

  

Graduation Requirements
 
(a) The Board of Education shall provide secondary school curriculum and instructional and support services that reflect the high school graduation and state assessment requirements and assist all students in developing their unique potential to function in society.
(b) The Valdosta City Board of Education shall require that: 
  1. Students who enroll from another state meet the graduation requirements for the graduating class they enter and the state assessment requirements as referenced in Rule 160-3-1-.07 Testing Programs - Student Assessment.
  2. Students who enroll in the ninth grade for the first time in the 2008-2009 school year and withdraw from and return to Valdosta City Schools shall meet the graduation requirements specified in this rule and the assessment requirements specified in Rule 160-3-1-.07 Testing Programs -Student Assessment. 
UNITS OF CREDIT

 

a) Valdosta City high schools shall make available to all students the required areas of study.

 

b) A course shall count only once for satisfying any unit of credit requirement for graduation.

 

AREAS OF STUDY & UNITS REQUIRED      
   
           (I) English/Language Arts* 4

          (II) Mathematics* 4

         (III) Science* 4 - The 4th science unit may be used to meet both the science and elective requirement

         (IV) Social Studies* 3-4

          (V) CTAE and/or Modern Language/Latin and/or Fine Arts 3

          (VI) Health and Physical Education* 1

         (VII) Electives 4-9

 

*Required Courses and/or Core Courses

 

TOTAL UNITS (MINIMUM) depending on graduation class requirements and changes in scheduling as identified below:

  

Graduating Class of 2017 Total Units: 26 minimum

 

Graduating Class of 2018 Total Units: 25 minimum

 

Graduating Class of 2019 and beyond Total Units: 24 minimum