|Policies and Procedures Handbook||
Last Updated: 04/01/2005
Garrett County Public Schools
40 South Second Street
Oakland, MD 21550
Promotion / Retention
The Garrett County Public Schools offers to each student equal educational opportunities. students desiring to gain maximum benefits from those opportunities generally will progress Annually from one grade to the next. However, all students do not learn and demonstrate. achievement at the same rate. Additionally, the maturity and physical and social development rates differ for each student at any given age.
Also, the Garrett County Public Schools and each individual school must do its boot to insure that each student is adequately demonstrating minimal achievement at each instructional level. In light of accountability programs, we must insist that academic achievement, within the parameters of each student's ability, continues to be a most important consideration in determining whether to promote or retain a student.
A decision to retain a student must not be taken lightly and must carry with it the responsibility for providing appropriate and adequate educational programs. Principals and teachers have the responsibility to keep parents informed of students' abilities and development. Likewise, parents must be responsible to be informed about appropriate educational programs and established expectations developed for their children. Maximum benefits from school experiences are only obtained from cooperative efforts of both parents and schools.
A. At the elementary level promotion/retention is based upon the student's achievement in comparison with the grade level expectancies; classroom performance; his/her ability as measured by tests; his/her previous retention record; attendance; and social, physical, and emotional maturity.
The decision whether to promote or retain an elementary student in kindergarten through grade five is made jointly by the student's teachers and the school principal, with the principal having final authority. The involvement of the parent(s)/guardian(s) in this process is encouraged.
A student may be retained only once in a grade and no more than twice during the elementary grades unless exceptional circumstances exist.
B. At the middle school level, promotion/retention is based upon the student's grades, attendance, and previous retention record.
The decision whether a student passes or fails a subject is determined by that teacher and is based upon the Garrett County grading policy. The decision whether to promote a student to the next grade level or retain the student at the memo grade level is made by the principal and is based upon the number of subjects the student passes or fails and the Garrett County attendance policy.
A middle school student may be retained no more than three times during the middle school years unless approved by the Superintendent of Schools.
C. At the high
school level, promotion/retention is based upon the number of "Carnegie
Units" credit earned and progress toward completion of an approved program
awarding of "Carnegie Units" credit is based upon the student's earning
passing grades as defined in the Garrett County grading policy and having
acceptable attendance as defined in the Garrett County attendance policy.
Progress toward completion of an approved
program of studies is defined as the possibility of scheduling the remaining
course necessary to satisfy the entrance
requirements of the University of Maryland, a career and technology program, or a program in advanced technology.
Some special education students are served in non-graded or non-credit
programs. In this case advancement in grade classification will be
made by appropriate
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Instruction 344.3 AAC
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