ASSIGNMENT OF STUDENTS TO GRADE LEVELS/CLASSES

 

The Board believes that a student should be placed in the grade level and classes that best meet the student's academic needs, after consultation with the student's parent or guardian. A student's social and emotional needs will also be considered, to the extent that they affect academic progress. Although the district will first consider placing students in grade levels or classes with students of similar age, age will not necessarily be the determining factor. Further, any student's placement may be adjusted by the principal or designee as needed, after consultation with the student's parent or guardian.

 

Students receiving special education services will be placed in accordance with law.

 

The decision of the building principal regarding student placement and transfer of credit may be appealed to the superintendent. The superintendent's decision may be appealed to the Board.

 

Transfers from Accredited Schools

 

For the purposes of this policy, an "accredited school" is any school accredited by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS) or the University of Missouri Committee on Accredited Schools Non-Public (CAS). If a school is located in another state or country, that school must be accredited by that state or country's department of education, NCA, ISACS or the equivalent agencies.

 

In general, if a student transfers to the Advance R-IV School District from an accredited school, this district will accept the units of credit completed in the previous school and rely on the grade-level placement in the previous school to the extent that it coincides with the district's program. However, the district may adjust the student's placement as needed to meet his or her educational needs, after consultation with the student's parent or guardian.

 

All credits must be equated to the Carnegie Unit as defined in Missouri. Only credits that correspond to course offerings accepted by the Missouri State Board of Education or by the Advance R-IV School District may be accepted to meet graduation requirements.

 

Transfers from Unaccredited Schools

 

For the purposes of this policy an "unaccredited school" is any public, private or home school that does not meet the definition of "accredited" above.

 

In general, if a student transfers to the Advance R-IV School District from an unaccredited school, the building principal or designee will examine a number of criteria to determine grade-level or class placement including age, achievement tests or other performance data, transcripts, course descriptions, textbooks used and home-schooling logs. If necessary, the district will administer additional tests to aid placement decisions. Once placed, the district may further adjust the student's placement to meet his or her educational needs, after consultation with the student's parent or guardian.

 

The district will attempt to award credit for classes completed in previous schools if there is sufficient evidence of achievement. No grade will be accepted at a level higher than a C from an unaccredited school and grade points will be assigned accordingly. All credits must be equated to the Carnegie Unit as defined in Missouri. Only credits that correspond to course offerings accepted by the Missouri State Board of Education or by the Advance R-IV School District may be accepted to meet graduation requirements.

 

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Note: The reader is encouraged to check the index located at the beginning of this section for other pertinent policies and to review administrative procedures and/or forms for related information.

 

Adopted: September 11, 2003

 

Revised:

 

Cross Refs: IGBA, Programs for Students with Disabilities

IGBCA, Programs for Homeless Students

IKF, Graduation Requirements

 

Legal Refs: 167.031, RSMo.

 

Advance R-IV School District, Advance, Missouri

 

 

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