The Board of Education recognizes that the personal, social, physical, and educational growth of children will vary
and that they should be placed in the educational setting most appropriate to their needs at the various stages of
It shall be the policy of the Board that each student be moved forward in a continuous pattern of achievement and
growth that is in harmony with his/her own development.
Such pattern should coincide with the system of grade levels established by this Board and the instructional
objectives established for each.
A student will be promoted to the succeeding grade level when s/he has:
A. Completed the course requirements at the presently assigned grade;
B. In the opinion of the professional staff, achieved the instructional objectives set for the present grade;
C. Demonstrated sufficient proficiency to permit him/her to move ahead in the educational program of the next
D. Demonstrated the degree of social, emotional, and physical maturation necessary for a successful learning
experience in the next grade.
The Superintendent shall develop administrative procedures for promotion, placement, and retention of students
A. Ensure students who are falling seriously behind their peers or who may not be promoted receive the
special assistance they may need to achieve the academic outcomes of the District's core curriculum;
B. Require the recommendation of the relevant staff members for promotion, placement, or retention;
C. Require that parents are informed in advance of the possibility of retention of a student at a grade level;
D. Assure that efforts are made to remediate the student's difficulties before s/he is retained;
E. Assign to the principal the final responsibility for determining the promotion, placement, or retention of each
Promotion from Grade 4 and Grade 8
See Administrative Guideline #5410.
For Unified, Common and K-8 Districts
The Board directs the Superintendent to prepare a list of specific criteria for promoting students from the 4th
and 8th grades. The criteria shall include the student’s score on the 4th and 8th grade examination, unless the
student has been excused from taking the examination; the student’s academic performance; the
recommendations of teachers which shall be based solely on the student’s academic performance; and any
other academic criteria recommended for Board consideration.
118.33(6), Wis. Stats.
Approved/Adopted: July 13, 2009