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Academic Promotion, Placement, & Retention

The academic, social, and emotional welfare of students will be given serious attention when a grade level promotion, placement, or retention is to be made. Grade level assignments will be made without regard to race, sex, religion, belief, national origin, or ethnic group. Promotion, placement, or retention of students shall be made in the best interests of the student after a careful evaluation of all factors relating to the advantages and disadvantages of the alternatives.


The Bulloch County School System establishes a promotion policy for all students to ensure that the system's mission to prepare students for success is realized. Promotion, grade-level advancement, and course credit shall be based on academic achievement and demonstrated proficiency of the subject matter of the course or grade level. No student shall be socially promoted to a grade level for which he orshe is not prepared without appropriate intervention measures as outlined in district procedures. The scope of these procedures is comprehensive and contains both local and state requirements for grades K-12. 

Appeals Process

If the parent, guardian, or teacher(s) appeals the decision to retain the student, then the school principal or designee shall establish a placement committee to consider the appeal. The placement committee shall be comprised of the principal or designee, the student’s parent or guardian, and the teacher(s) of the subject(s) of the Georgia Milestones End-of-Grade Assessments or the alternative assessment instrument on which the student failed to perform at grade level. 

The placement committee shall be comprised of the principal or designee, the student’s parent or guardian, and the teacher(s) of the Georgia Milestones End-of-Grade Assessments or the alternative assessment instrument on which the student failed to perform at grade level.

The placement committee shall review the overall academic achievement of the student in light of the performance on the Georgia Milestones End-of-Grade Assessments or the alternative assessment instrument and promotion standards and criteria established in this policy for the school that the student attends, and make a determination to promote or retain. 

The principal or designee shall notify in writing the parent or guardian and teacher(s) of the time and place for convening the placement committee. (For students receiving special education or related services, the Individualized Education Plan Committee shall serve as the placement committee.) 

The decision to promote must be the unanimous decision of the placement committee and must determine that if promoted and given accelerated, differentiated, or additional instruction during the next year, the student is likely to perform at grade level by the conclusion of the school year.

The placement committee shall prescribe such additional assessments as may be appropriate in addition to assessments administered to other students at the grade level during the year. 

The placement committee shall provide for a plan of continuous assessment during the subsequent school year in order to monitor the progress of the student.

School level promotion and retention decisions may be appealed to the superintendent or designee whose decision shall be final.