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1005.

00 4th AND 8th GRADE PROMOTION POLICY


(Adopted 3/4/02)

Beginning in September 2002, no student may be promoted from the fourth to the fifth grade or
from the eighth grade to the ninth grade unless the student satisfies the district criteria for
promotion.

The implementation of this policy provides for a sharing of responsibility among student,
teacher, home, and school for that success.

(1005.10) Wisconsin Knowledge & Concepts Examinations (WKCE)


For promotion to grade 5 students will attain a proficiency level of “basic” or above in
five of five subtests (reading, language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies) on
the Wisconsin Knowledge & Concepts Examinations (WKCE) in grade 4. For
promotion to grade 9 students will attain a proficiency level of “basic” or above in five
of five subtests (reading, language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies) on the
Wisconsin Knowledge & Concepts Examinations (WKCE) in grade 8.

(1005.20) Academic Performance


For promotion from fourth to fifth grade students will demonstrate basic grade level
academic performance on the district’s report card in the area(s) where the student did
not achieve a basic proficiency level on the WKCE. For promotion from eighth to ninth
grade, students must have a 2.0 grade point average in their eighth grade year in the
area(s) in which the student did not achieve a basic proficiency level on the WKCE.

(1005.30) Committee Recommendation


If a student does not attain the above criteria, the student will obtain a recommendation
from a team of educators who have based their written recommendation solely on the
academic performance of the student. The participants at the meeting will be
determined on a case-by-case individual basis. Participants may include the student’s
teacher(s), other certified staff, and the building principal. The principal will select the
teacher(s) to serve on the committee based on their knowledge of the subject areas of
concern. Other student academic achievement/academic progress information will be
reviewed and may include, but not be limited to, daily classroom assignments,
classroom assessments, district assessments, other standardized test results, summer
school, teacher classroom observations, student’s regular, steady and significant
improvement in academic performance between first and fourth grade or between fifth
and eighth grade, evidence that the student will continue to improve, and any other
academic performance data about the student that is applicable. Once the gathered data
and information has been analyzed, the participants involved in the student’s meeting
will reach a consensus in regard to promotion. If consensus cannot be reached, the
building principal shall review all the available information and make the determination
regarding whether the student is promoted. If a student with a disability fails to meet
the grade advancement criteria, an IEP team recommendation shall prevail in
determining whether the student will be promoted. Within 10 working days following
this review meeting, the principal will provide a written report to the student’s
parent(s)/guardian as an explanation of the promotion decision.
(1005.40) Exemptions
Students with disabilities (Special Education, Rehabilitation Act 504) and Limited
English Proficient (LEP) students, as defined by state and federal laws, may be exempt
from all or portions of the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Examinations (WKCE)
based on the student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP) or score on the Limited English
Proficient survey. The district shall use the alternate assessments identified in the
student’s IEP for students with disabilities or 504, or the state’s alternate assessments
for LEP students to determine whether or not the student shall be promoted.

(1005.50) Appeal Process


Appeals of an IEP team recommendation to promote or not to promote a student and of
a determination to promote or not to promote a Section 504 student shall be pursuant to
the administrative procedures of state and federal statutes. All other determinations to
promote or not to promote a student, including LEP students, may be appealed by the
student’s parent/guardian to the District Administrator or central office designee whose
decision shall be final. Such appeals shall be in writing and shall be received by the
Office of the District Administrator within ten (10) working days of the receipt by the
parent/guardian of the decision to promote or not to promote. The District
Administrator’s/central office designee’s sole role in processing an appeal shall be to
ensure that this policy was applied as per its provisions, and, in the case of a committee
recommendation to promote or not to promote, to review the data and information
gathered and analyzed by the committee. The decision not to promote shall only be
reversed if the decision is the result of the misapplication of the provisions of this policy
or if the committee’s decision is deemed arbitrary or capricious.