Retention of ELs

An EL may not be retained in a grade based solely on his/her lack of English proficiency. The following evidence must be provided prior to considering grade level retention:

• Appropriate modifications and accommodations to instruction and assessment aligned to the student’s ELP.

• Meaningful access to the general curriculum.

• Promotion of second language learning.

Kindergarten-Grade 3 ELs will not be retained because of limited language proficiency. Content area instruction and assessment must be aligned with the corresponding standards and adapted to meet the needs of the students. ELs may be retained due to excessive absenteeism, documented unwillingness to participate in class, and or/consistent failure to do homework assignments. All retention candidates will be referred to the IST process. An instructional evaluation must be completed in addition to a current language proficiency survey. A conference with the student’s parents, building principal, the LIEP teacher, and if necessary a translator should be held before the student is retained.

Grades 4-8 ELs will not be retained because of limited language proficiency. Content area instruction and assessment must be aligned with the corresponding standards and adapted to meet the needs of the students. ELs may be retained due to excessive absenteeism, documented unwillingness to participate in class, and or/consistent failure to do homework assignments. An instructional evaluation must be completed in addition to a current language proficiency survey. A conference with the student’s parents, building principal, the LIEP teacher, and if necessary a translator should be held before the student is retained. Grading Procedures: All classes would use the building percentage grading system. In addition, an “S” grade may be given in any subject. An “S” or “P” is to be given in situations where the teacher feels that students are trying and putting forth sufficient effort to merit a passing grade, but have not achieved the minimum course requirement. An “I” grade will be used to indicate incomplete work. Progress reports will be available online or may be mailed to parents at the mid-point of each of the marking periods/trimesters. The progress report is issued to those students failing, near failing, or not working up to their ability. Included on the report will be the reason for the failing grade and in some cases, recommendations from the teacher.

Grades 9-12 ELs will not be retained because of limited language proficiencies. Content area instruction and assessment must be aligned with the corresponding standards and adapted to meet the needs of the students. ELs may be retained due to excessive absenteeism, documented unwillingness to participate in class, and or/consistent failure to do homework assignments. An instructional evaluation must be completed in addition to a current language proficiency survey. A conference with the student’s parents, building principal, the LIEP teacher, and if necessary a translator should be held before the student is retained.