2011-08-03 / School News

Jenkins County Elementary School Student Promotion and Retention Policy

At the June 2011 Board Meeting, the Jenkins County School Board of Education approved a new Promotion and Retention Policy for Jenkins County Elementary School (JCES) as local board policy to ensure appropriate student achievement and to specify the process that shall be followed to ensure that students are not retained for athletic (non-academic) purposes.

Promotion Requirements for Students Moving from Kindergarten to Grade 1 Requirements for students in kindergarten, who are preparing to enter first grade, along with mastering the majority of the skills on the Georgia Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (GKIDS), must meet the following criteria in order to be promoted to first grade: Can produce and identify individual sounds in words; Can blend sounds to make words; Can identify all upper and lower case letters; Can produce and match sounds to the appropriate letters; Can read 30 sight words per minute; Can count 30 objects correctly; Can produce models for number words 0-10; Can write numbers through 20 to label sets; Can count to 100 by 1s, 5s, and 10s; Can identify the name and value of all coins (penny, nickel, dime, and quarter); Can count to find out how many items are in two sets when they are combined, separated, or compared; Can recognize and name shapes (triangles, rectangles, circles, squares, ovals, and diamonds); Can recognize a pattern, copy it, and extend it; Can progress as an independent learner; Have missed 20 days or less in the current school year; Have fulfilled the promotion requirements as established by the Individualized Education Program (IEP) as applicable and different from regular criteria; Have teacher recommendation; and Have Principal recommendation/ approval.

Entrance into first grade also requires each student to be six (6) years of age on or before September 1 of that school year.

Promotion Requirements for Students Moving from Grade 1 to Grade 2

The student must: Earn a yearly average of 70 or higher in the following subjects: reading and math; Be able to accurately and consistently identify the 220 Dolch sight words; Have missed 20 days or less in the current school year; Have fulfilled the promotion requirements as established by the Individualized Education Program (IEP) as applicable and different from regular criteria; Have teacher recommendation( s); and Have Principal recommendation/approval.

Promotion Requirements for Students Moving from Grade 2 to Grade 3

The student must: Earn a yearly average of 70 or better in three (3) of four (4) graded content classes; Two (2) of the three (3) content classes must be reading and math; Have missed 20 days or less in the current school year; Have fulfilled the promotion requirements as established by the Individualized Education Program (IEP) as applicable and different from regular criteria; Have teacher recommendation(s); and Have Principal recommendation/approval.

Promotion Requirements for Students in Grades 3 – 5

The student must: Earn a yearly average of 70 or better in reading, math, science and one other content area class; Have missed 20 days or less in the current school year; Have fulfilled the promotion requirements as established by the Individualized Education Program (IEP) as applicable and different from regular criteria; Have teacher( s) recommendation(s); and Have Principal recommendation/approval.

Fourth Grade students must also earn a minimum score of 790 on the Reading, Math, and Science sections of the CRCT.

Third Grade students must also earn a passing score on the Reading section of the CRCT.

Fifth Grade students must also earn a passing score on the Reading and Math sections of the CRCT.

Students retained in Third Grade and/or in Fifth Grade shall be retested with appropriate section(s) of the CRCT ( Reading for 3rd Grade and Reading and/or Math for 5th Grade) or an alternative assessment instrument that is appropriate for the student’s grade level as provided for by the Georgia Department of Education and the BOE.

Detailed information regarding the new Promotion and Retention Policy may be obtained by contacting the Principal, Tammy Hendley at 982-5503. A copy of the complete policy will be sent home with each student in Grades K-5 at the beginning of the school year.

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