Promotion and Retention
The guiding philosophy for determining promotion or retention will be what is in the best interest of the child. Students will normally progress annually in sequential order from grade to grade. The professional staff is expected to place students at the grade level best suited to them academically, socially, and emotionally. Most students will require the normal allotted time to progress through the school curriculum. Retention may be made when, in the judgment of the school personnel, such retention is in the best interest of the student.
Pursuant to Tenn. Code Ann.§ 49-6-315, a student in the third grade shall not be promoted to the next level unless the student has shown a basic understanding of curriculum and ability to perform the skills required in the subject of reading as demonstrated by the student’s grades or standardized test results. However, such student may be promoted if the student participates in an LEA approved research-based intervention prior to beginning of the next school year. This section shall not apply to students who have IEP’s pursuant to 20 U.S.C. §1400 et. seq.
Board Policy IS 14 Legal references:
A cumulative record shall be kept for each student enrolled in school. The folder shall contain a health record, attendance record, and scholarship record; shall be kept current; and shall accompany the student through his/her school career.
The name used on the record of the student entering the school system must be the same as that shown on the birth certificate unless evidence is presented that such name has been legally changed. If the parent does not have or cannot obtain a birth certificate, then the name used on the records of such student will be as shown on documents, which are acceptable to the system as proof of date of birth.
The name used on the records of a student entering the system from another school must be the same as that shown on records from the school previously attended unless evidence is presented that such name has been legally changed as prescribed by law.
Attendance records kept on each student become permanent property of the school system. Student records shall be confidential. Only authorized school officials may have access to student information for legitimate educational purposes without the consent of the student or parent/guardian.
In accordance with Federal law, complete documentation of suspensions and expulsions of a student and resulting disciplinary actions will be included in the permanent record. Transmission to other educational agencies for any student, who is enrolled, seeks to enroll, intends or is instructed to enroll, on a full- or part-time basis will be sent upon request by the receiving school.
Board Policy STU 13 Legal References:
T.C.A. §10-7-504(4); U.S.C.A. 20-1232g