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APS Promotion Policy


Board Policy                                                                      Descriptor Code: IHE


Promotion and Retention

Student Progress and Success

Progression of students will be continuous from one level to the next and will be characterized by early diagnosis, quality instruction, intervention, and support services, including activities during and beyond the regular school day and summer school. The following criteria for promotion and retention are established in accordance with Georgia statute (O.C.G.A. Sections 20-2-282, 283, 284, 285), State Board of Education rules, and local expectations.

Middle School Criteria Grades 6-8

a. The student must receive a grade of 70 or above in reading and language arts and mathematics on the student report card, and

b. The student must pass eight subjects each year. Two nine-week Connections classes are equivalent to a one-semester course. Students must have a passing grade in both reading and language arts and mathematics at the end of the school year, and

c. The student must be recommended for promotion by the classroom teacher and principal based on satisfactory classroom performance.

 Based on the availability of state funding, a summer opportunity program in grades four through eight will be held for students who will be retained or who have failed academic subjects. Other elementary and middle school remedial summer programming will be offered as available resources permit. The Executive Director may approve non-APS summer programming on an individualized basis. Students who attend non-APS summer programming will be required to pass the same test(s) for promotion that are required of students who attend APS summer school.

This policy will apply to students with Limited English Proficiency (LEP) three consecutive school years after they enroll in the Atlanta Public Schools. In the three-year interim period, promotion, placement and retention decisions will be made based on the recommendation from the academic teacher(s), the ESOL staff, and the principal.


Beginning in the 2005-2006 school year, no eighth grade student shall be promoted to the ninth grade if the student does not achieve grade level (Level 2 or 3) on the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test in reading and the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test in mathematics and meet local system promotion standards and criteria established in this policy by the Board.