Board Policy #S-5123

New Haven Unified School District


The Governing Board expects students to progress through each grade within one school year. To accomplish this, instruction should accommodate the varying interests and growth patterns of individual students and include strategies for addressing academic deficiencies when needed.

Students shall progress through the grade levels by demonstrating growth in learning and by meeting grade-level standards of expected student achievement.

(cf. 6146.1 - High School Graduation Requirements/Standards of Proficiency)
(cf. 6162.52 – High School Exit Exam)

When high academic achievement is evident, the Superintendent or designee may recommend a student for acceleration into a higher grade level. The student’s maturity level shall be taken into consideration in making a determination to accelerate a student.

As early as possible in the school year and in students’ school careers, the Superintendent or designee shall identify students who should be retained and who are at risk of being retained in accordance with law, Board policy, and administrative regulations. Students shall be identified on the basis of their achievement of grade level standards. The following indicators of academic achievement shall be used: grades, results of district assessments and the results of the California Standardized Testing and Reporting program.

(cf. 5121 - Grades/Evaluation of Student achievement)

When a student is recommended for retention or is identified as being at risk for retention, the Superintendent or designee offer programs of direct, systematic, and intensive supplemental instruction. Such opportunities may include but are not limited to tutorial programs, after-school programs, summer school programs and/or the establishment of a student study team.

(cf. 6164.5 - School Resource Teams)
(cf. 6177 - Summer School)

Legal Reference:

California Education Code
37252-37254.1 Supplemental Instruction
41505-41508 Pupil Retention Block Grant
46300 Method of computing ADA
48011 Admission on completing kindergarten; grade placement of pupils coming from other districts
48070-48070.5 Promotion and retention
48431.6 Required systematic review of students and grading
51215 Proficiency standards in basic skills

51216 Assessment of pupil proficiency
51217 Withholding diploma (high school)
51218 Separate proficiency standards
56345 Elements of individualized education plan
60641-60647 Standardized Testing and Reporting Program
60648 Minimum performance levels
60850-60859 Exit examination

Code of Regulations, Title 5
200-202 Admission and exclusion of students

First Reading
February 1, 1994
June 15, 1999
December 6, 2005
September 7, 2010

Second Reading
March 1, 1994
June 29, 1999
January 3, 2006
September 21, 2010

Administrative Regulation for Board Policy #S-5123