513: Student Promotion, Retention, And Program Design

Policy reflects Minnesota statute and aligns with other District 270 policies.


The purpose of this policy is to provide guidance to professional staff, parents and students regarding student promotion, retention and program design.


The School Board expects all students to achieve at an acceptable level of proficiency. Parental assistance, tutorial and remedial programs, counseling and other appropriate services shall be coordinated and utilized to the greatest extent possible to help students succeed in school.

A. Promotion Students who achieve at levels deemed acceptable by local and state standards shall be promoted to the next grade level at the completion of each school year.

B. Retention Retention of a student may be considered when professional staff and parents feel that it is in the best interest of the student. Physical development, maturity, and emotional factors shall be considered as well as scholastic achievement. The superintendent’s or designees decision shall be final.

C. Program Design

1. The superintendent or designee with participation of the professional staff and parents, shall develop and implement programs to challenge students that are consistent with the needs of students at every level. A procedure for screening and identifying students for program assignment shall be developed in coordination with such programs.

2. The School District will adopt procedures for the academic acceleration of gifted and talented students. These procedures will include how the School District will:

a. assess a student’s readiness and motivation for acceleration; and

b. match the level, complexity, and pace of the curriculum to a student to achieve the best type of academic acceleration for that student.


Adopted: January 22, 2009
Reviewed: November 5, 2015