16 NCAC 06D .0504         REVIEW PROCEDURES

For students who do not score at Level III or above on the reading and mathematics tests and for students in Grades 5 and 8 who are not making adequate progress in developing writing skills, the school district shall follow these procedures to determine if students are performing at grade level and are able to succeed at the next grade:

(1)           Students who score below Level III on an end-of-grade test shall be given a second test no later than three weeks from the receipt of test results. Parents may request that their child be excused from the second administration of the test. In this case, the parents and child shall be deemed to have accepted participation in focused intervention.

(2)           Teachers or parents may request a promotion for students who score below Level III on an end-of-grade test after the second or third test administration. Teachers shall provide documentation of the students= performance during a review process. Documentation may include:

(a)           student work samples,

(b)           other test data,

(c)           information supplied by parents,

(d)           for students with disabilities, information that is included in the individualized education program (IEP).

(e)           other information that verifies that a student is at grade level. Students with disabilities shall be at grade level or be making adequate progress to meet requirements at grade level.

(3)           Students who are not promoted after the second or third administration of the test shall be given focused intervention of a time period that is instructionally sound. Strategies may include, but are not limited to, alternative learning models, special homework, smaller classes, tutorial sessions, extended school day, Saturday school, modified instructional programs, parental involvement, summer school instruction, or retention.

(4)           The LEA shall appoint a committee to review student promotion requests. This committee shall be composed of teachers and either principals from other schools or central office staff and shall make recommendations to the student=s principal about whether the student should be promoted to the next grade. This recommendation shall be based on documentation presented by teachers on behalf of the student. Special education personnel shall be on the committee if a student with a disability is being considered for a promotion. Parents of any student being presented for review shall have the right to be a non-voting participant, and further shall have the right to speak on behalf of their child.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 115C-12(9b); 115C-81(b)(4); N.C. Constitution, Article IX, Sec. 5;

Eff. December 1, 1999.