Requirements Promotion

3.3 Promotion

 Requirements Promotion

Students entering grade 6 in 2006-2007 and beyond are required to successfully complete the academic courses as follows in order to be promoted to the 9th grade: x Three middle school or higher courses in English, these courses shall emphasize literature, composition and technical text. x Three middle school or higher courses in mathematics. Middle schools must offer at least one high school level mathematics course for which students may earn high school credit. Successful completion of a high school level Algebra I or geometry course is not contingent upon the student’s performance on the end-of-course assessment required under §1008.22(3)(c)2.a.(I), F.S. Students who have earned high school credit for Algebra I before the 2010-2011 school year are not subject to the EOC requirements. However, beginning with the 2011-2012 school year, to earn high school credit for an Algebra I course, a middle school student must pass the Algebra I end-of-course assessment, and beginning with the 2012-2013 school year, to earn high school credit for a geometry course, a middle school student must pass the geometry end-of-course assessment. x Three middle school or higher courses in social studies, one semester of which must include the study of state and federal government and civics education. x Three middle school or higher courses in science. Successful completion of a high school level Biology I course is not contingent upon the student’s performance on the end-of-course assessment required under §1008.22(3)(c)2.a.(II), F.S. However, beginning with the 2012-2013 school year, to earn high school credit of r a Biology I course, a middle school student must pass the Biology I end-of-course assessment. x One course in career and education planning to be completed in 7th or 8th grade. The course must include the career exploration using Florida CHOICES for the 21st CENTURY or a comparable program; the course must use the Florida Academic Counseling and Tracking for Students (FACTS.org) website and shall result in the completion of a personalized academic and career plan signed by the students’ guidance counselors and parents. The required personalized academic and career plan must inform students of high school graduation requirements, high school assessment and college entrance test requirements, Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program requirements, state university and Florida college admission requirements, and programs through which a high school student can earn college credit, including Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, Advanced International Certificate of Education, dual enrollment, career academy opportunities, and courses that lead to national industry certification.

3.4 Remediation and Retention

3.4 Remediation and Retention

For students in grades 6-12, reading courses shall be designed and offered pursuant to the Comprehensive Reading Plan required by Florida Statute. All students who score Level 1 or 2 on FCAT Reading are required to have an intensive reading course the following year. Students who need instruction in vocabulary and comprehension are required to have a minimum of one period of reading instruction. Students who need instruction, in fluency, vocabulary and comprehension are required to receive two periods of reading instruction. x Students who score level 1 or 2 on FCAT mathematics will be required to receive remediation the next year. x Students who score lower than Level 3 on the 8th grade FCAT writing test will be required to receive remediation. x Parents/Guardians shall be notified in writing when students are determined to be performing below District standards and before grade placement decisions are made.