PROMOTION AND RETENTION OF STUDENTS

The School Committee is dedicated to the best total and continuous development of each student enrolled. In most cases, the professional staff is expected to place students at the grade level appropriate for their age.

In evaluating student achievement, each teacher will make use of all available information, including results of teacher-made tests and other measures of skill and content mastery, standardized test results, and teacher observation of student performance. The Principal will direct and aid teachers in their evaluations and review grade assignments in order to ensure uniformity of evaluation standards.

Students will normally progress annually from grade to grade. Exceptions may be made when, in the judgment of the professional staff, such exceptions are in the best educational interest of the students involved. Exceptions will only be made after prior notification and explanation to each student's parents/guardians, but the final decision will rest with the building Principal, in consultation with guidance staff and grade level teachers. This process applies both to students who may be retained as well as to students who may be advanced to a grade beyond their age group.

At Leicester High School, students are promoted or retained once a year at the beginning of the school year. The following are minimum credit requirements to be a member of each class:
Sophomores 30 credits
Juniors 65 credits
Seniors 105 credits

In grades K-8, student progress is monitored and, when it is in the professional staff’s opinion that the student is not meeting grade level expectations and may benefit from a repeat of the grade level, a meeting will be held with parents ideally at the end of the first semester but no later than March 1st. An intervention plan to help the child meet expectations prior to the end of the school year will be developed and monitored at least every 5 weeks. If the Principal decides that retention is necessary, notification to parents is made in writing.

SOURCE: MASC (adapted)
ADOPTED: January 13, 2015