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6146.2 Promotion, Retention


Northfield, New Jersey Monitored

X Mandated

Policy X Other Reasons





The Northfield Board of Education recognizes that personal, social, physical and educational growth of children will vary and that they should be placed in the educational setting most appropriate to their needs at the various stages of their growth.


The Superintendent shall direct development of and the board shall adopt detailed regulations to govern progress of students through levels K-8. The regulations shall include:


A. Standards of proficiency related to district goals and objectives and student proficiency;


B. Standards of attendance, and provision for review of mastery;


C. Timely efforts to help all students achieve acceptable levels of proficiency;


D. Notification to parents and students, at appropriate times during the school year, of the student’s progress in meeting the promotion and remediation standards;


E. Immediate consultation with the student’s parent or guardian if, in the teacher’s judgement, there is any indication that the student’s progress may not be sufficient to meet these standards;


F. Procedures for parents/guardians and adult students to appeal promotion/retention decisions;


G. Procedures for involving parents/guardians, teachers and students, where appropriate, to participate in the development of the policy.


Progress reports for students in bilingual, ESL, or English language services program shall be made to parents/guardians on the same schedule as the reports of all students enrolled in the district. Progress reports shall be in writing and in both English and their primary speaking language unless doing so places unreasonable burden on the board.


Parents/guardians will be notified whenever exceptions are contemplated in a student’s normal progression from level to level. The final decision in all cases will rest with school authorities.


NJSBA Review/Update: December 2009; December 2010

Adopted: October 24, 2011

Readopted: October 24, 2016


Key Words


Promotion, Retention, Bilingual


Legal References: N.J.S.A. 18A:4-24 Determining efficiency of schools; report to state board

N.J.S.A. 18A:7C-2 Boards of education; establishment of standards

N.J.S.A. 18A:35-4.9 Student promotion and remediation; policies and procedures

N.J.A.C. 6A:8-4.1 Statewide assessment system

N.J.A.C. 6A:8-4.2 Documentation of student achievement

N.J.A.C. 6A:8-5.1 Graduation requirements

N.J.A.C. 6A:30-1.1 et seq. Evaluation of the Performance of School Districts



Wheatley v. Board of Education of City of Burlington, 1974 S.L.D. 851


Every Student Succeeds Act Pub. L. 114-95, 20 U.S.C.A. 6301 et seq.


*Indicates policy is included in the Critical Policy Reference Manual.

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