K-3 Quality: Is there a third grade retention policy?


K-3 Quality: Is there a third grade retention policy?

July 2016


Third grade retention is sometimes required or allowed as a last resort for students that do not reach grade level proficiency.

Methodology: This information was collected from state statutes, rules and regulations. A profile was sent to each state for review and modification, as needed.
 

Is there a third grade retention policy?
Alabama Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Alaska Retention is a local decision.
Arizona Third grade retention is required, with good cause exemptions.
Arkansas Third grade retention is required, with good cause exemptions. Students may be promoted to the fourth grade upon completion of an academic improvement plan or if the student passes the state-mandated assessment.
California Third grade retention is required unless the student’s teacher determines in writing that retention is not the appropriate intervention.
Colorado Retention is allowed after a meeting with the parent, the student’s teacher and other personnel. At that meeting, the group determines if retention is the best intervention strategy.
Connecticut Third grade retention is required with good cause exemptions, if a student does not participate in a summer school program.
Delaware Third grade retention is required with good cause exemptions. Students that score below the standard level II on the statewide assessment are provided different exemptions than those that score below well below the standard level I.
District of Columbia Third grade retention is required with good cause exemptions.
Florida Third grade retention is required with good cause exemptions. Midyear promotion is allowed at any time during the year of retention once the student has demonstrated ability to read at grade level.
Georgia Third grade retention is required.
Hawaii Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Idaho Retention not required.
Illinois Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Indiana Third grade retention is required, with good cause exemptions.
Iowa Third grade retention is required with good cause exemptions. Conditional promotion is allowed if the student is exempt from participating in the summer reading program for good cause or if the student completes the summer reading program, but is not yet reading proficiently. Under conditional promotion, the student’s progress must be monitored, intensive interventions must be provided and parental involvement is required.
Kansas Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Kentucky Retention not required.
Louisiana Retention not required.
Maine Retention is a local decision.
Maryland Third grade retention is allowed with good cause exemptions. Enrollment in a reading assistance program is an option to avoid retention.
Massachusetts Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Michigan Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Minnesota Retention not required.
Mississippi Third grade retention is required with good cause exemptions. Intensive acceleration classes are available for students retained in grade three who were previously retained in K-3 grades. Intensive acceleration classes are focused on increasing a student’s reading level by two grade levels in one school year.
Missouri Third grade retention is required, with good cause exemptions. Students may be considered for conditional promotion if they participate in a summer reading program.
Montana Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Nebraska Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Nevada Third grade retention is allowed after a meeting between the student’s teacher, principal and parent or guardian. This law is effective until July 1, 2019. Beginning on July 1, 2019, third grade retention is required if the student does not meet minimum requirements, with good cause exemptions.
New Hampshire Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
New Jersey Retention and promotion policies are determined locally.
New Mexico Retention is an option upon recommendation of the teacher and school principal.
New York Retention not required.
North Carolina Third grade retention is required with good cause exemptions. A midyear promotion policy exists for any student who demonstrates reading proficiency by November 1.
North Dakota Retention not required.
Ohio Third grade retention is required, with good cause exemptions.
Oklahoma Retention is allowed for those students not eligible for automatic promotion, with exemptions for good cause. Students may be evaluated for probationary promotion by the Student Reading Proficiency Team. If the Student Reading Proficiency Team unanimously recommends probationary promotion, the student will be promoted to the fourth grade. Probationary promotion requires continual review of the student’s reading performance. Mid-year promotion is available for students who demonstrate proficiency prior to November 1.
Oregon Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Pennsylvania Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Rhode Island Retention not required.
South Carolina Third grade retention is required beginning in the 2017-2018 school year, with good cause exemptions.
South Dakota Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Tennessee Third grade retention is required, with good cause exemptions.
Texas Retention not required.
Utah Retention not required.
Vermont Retention not required.
Virginia Retention is not required, however, the local school division must provide a reading intervention prior to promoting a student with difficulties from grade three to grade four.
Washington Third grade retention is required with good cause exemptions.
West Virginia Classroom teachers may recommend the grade level retention of a student, but it is not required. Participation in an intervention may be a condition of promotion; however, a teacher may still recommend retention.
Wisconsin Retention not required.
Wyoming Retention not required.

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