The following flow chart gives an overview of the paths to promotion to 4th grade.
Good Cause Exemptions
The following Good Cause Exemptions are accepted for a 3rd grade student who fails to meet the academic requirements for promotion to the 4th grade:
- Limited English Proficient with less than two years of instruction in English Language Learner program
- Individualized Education Programs (IEP) indicate that participation in the statewide accountability assessment program is not appropriate, as authorized under state law.
- Participation in the accountability assessment and an IEP or Section 504 plan that reflects that the student has received intense remediation in reading for two years but still demonstrates a deficiency and was previously retained
- Demonstration of an acceptable level of reading proficiency on an alternative assessment approved by the State Board of Education
- Having received intensive intervention in reading for two or more years but still demonstrating a deficiency in reading and previously was retained in kindergarten or 1st, 2nd or 3rd grade for a total of two years and has not met exceptional education criteria
A student who is promoted to 4th grade with a good cause exemption shall be provided intensive reading instruction and intervention informed by specialized diagnostic information and delivered through specific reading strategies to meet the needs of each student so promoted. The school district shall assist schools and teachers in implementing reading strategies that research has shown to be successful in improving reading among students with persistent reading difficulties.