Addison Northwest Supervisory Union Policy
SECTION: INSTRUCTION CODE: G9
TITLE: GRADE ADVANCEMENT: RETENTION, PROMOTION & ACCELERATION OF STUDENTS
It is the policy of the school boards of the Addison Northwest
Supervisory Union (the District) to assure all student are progressing
in their educational program and have reached a standard of achievement
necessary for satisfactory progress in the next grade.
education students who are working under an Individual Education Plan
are excluded from this policy and will be promoted or retained in
accordance with their IEP
The District believes that the primary goal of the education system is
to educate all students. Since each child develops physically, mentally,
emotionally, and socially at an individual rate, every student will not
complete twelve grade levels of work at the same time. Some students
will need more than twelve years, while others may need less.
Vermont Framework of Standards and Learning opportunities defines what
students should know and be able to do at various stages of their school
careers. Schools are responsible for adopting curricula that provide
students with opportunities to master the standards. Promotion from
grade to grade as well as retention and acceleration should be based on a
student's ability to meet the standards over time.
- Acceleration is the advancement of a student by more than one grade beyond the current grade level.
- Promotion is the single grade step most students take from year to year.
- Retention allows a student to repeat all or part of a grade in order to more fully prepare for the work of the next grade.
Classroom educators are responsible for assessing student progress and
recommending the promotion of students each year. Educators will assess
academic readiness to advance to the next grade using a thorough
evaluation process that will include but not be limited to standardized
testing, classroom-based testing, portfolios and teacher observation.
The evaluation will also take into account social, emotional, physical
and mental growth, past academic performance and behavior, motivation,
attendance, and other pertinent circumstances.
Principal will develop rules to implement this policy that will specify
a process for the consideration of retention or acceleration that will
include the following characteristics:
- Will seek the involvement of parents/guardians in a highly collaborative working relationship.
- Focus the use of retention in the early primary grades at which time research indicates it is most effective.
- Acceleration should be considered in rare cases after all enrichment opportunities have been thoroughly explored.
will be retained or accelerated if it is expected that the action
will be beneficial to the student socially, emotionally,
academically and when there are not other ways to meet student's
When considering retention, such actions as remediation in class or
out, tutoring in class or after school, mentoring, cooperative efforts
with families, or summer school should be evaluated.
Before considering acceleration, actions such as inclusion in a full or
part-time gifted program, enrichment in the classroom, or other
advanced courses through correspondence, distance learning, or through
another institutions should be examined.
- Will outline steps and time frames that provide for a great deal of interaction with parents/guardians.
final decision will be made by the Principal after consultation
with parents/guardians, classroom teacher and other professional
Parents may appeal a decision of the Principal to the Superintendent.
Date Adopted: December, 2006
VT State Board of Education Manual of Rules & Practices: §2120.2.2 (b)
Student Attendance (F25)