Pupil Promotion in Polk County’s public elementary schools is based upon an evaluation of each student’s achievement. The basis for making the determination should reflect consideration of the following: teacher made tests, classroom assignments, portfolio assessments, daily observations, standardized tests, state assessment, and other objective data.
Any student who exhibits a substantial deficiency in reading skills based on district determined tests conducted before the end of grades 1, 2 and 3, or based on teacher recommendation, must be given intensive reading instruction until the deficiency is remedied.
According to state regulations, if a student’s reading deficiency is not remedied by the end of grade 3, as demonstrated by scoring at Level 2 or higher on FCAT reading for grade 3, the student MUST be retained (see Exemption from Retention for Good Cause on Back).
The Academic Success Plan is developed in consultation with the student’s parents or legal guardians and will be monitored at intervals throughout the year.
Student retention is used as one administrative procedure to provide students with additional time to master the skills required for success in the next higher grade.
Any student in grade 3 who scores Level 1 on the FCAT reading must be retained (see Exemption from Retention for Good Cause). THE PRINCIPAL HAS THE FINAL DECISION FOR RETENTION within the guidelines of Florida State Board Rules.
Good Cause is defined as conditions that exist such that retention would be more adverse for the student than promotion. The Board may waive the promotion requirements for a student when any one or more of the following apply: