Diocesan Board of Education
Diocese of Belleville
When a teacher and/or parent believes that retaining or accelerating a student would be in the student's best interest, the following procedures must be adhered to:
- The teacher shall inform the principal when he/she is considering retention or acceleration of a student. The teacher should give reasons for this consideration.
If the request for retention or acceleration of a student comes from the parent, the teacher shall inform the principal of the parent's request and the reasons for this request. The teacher and parent shall meet during the school year to discuss the student's attitude, behavior, and academic progress. Discussion of the student's progress should take place every four weeks, with a written account of meetings kept on file.
- The teacher shall inform the principal of the times and dates of these meetings prior to the meeting. The principal may find it advisable to attend these meetings.
- The principal shall see that the student is evaluated through adequate testing to discover a student's academic and emotional needs and abilities, strengths and weaknesses.
- The level of the student's physical, social, and psychological growth must also be taken into consideration and evaluated.
- The decision to retain or accelerate a student should be a cooperative one of parent, student, teacher and principal, with the final responsibility for a student's retention resting with the principal.
- Before a final decision is made to retain or accelerate a student, the case must be reviewed by the Office of Education.
- Parents must be informed at least 9 weeks before a final decision is made to retain a student.
The decision to retain a student can only be made if the school has an instructional program which ensures that the student will not simply be repeating the same material in the same manner for another year. This instructional program should be designed to meet the specific needs of the individual student and must be approved by the principal.
Generally, retaining a student in a grade for a second year or accelerating a student into an advanced grade is not advisable. However, in specific cases repetition of the grade or acceleration by a particular student may be beneficial because of the special circumstances that are clearly evident through the thorough evaluation process stated above.
Approved: November 29, 1994
Revised: February 1, 2007