The St. Johns County School District (SJCSD) publishes two documents to assist parents and students with information about instruction, assessment, promotion and retention, advanced academic opportunities, and more. Both documents are revised annually and the 17-18 publications will be reviewed the September 19 School Board meeting.
The Parent Resource Guide:
- Defines terms commonly used by educators
- Gives examples of skills that children are taught in each grade
- Explains what will happen if your children fall behind and what help is offered to catch up
- Describes opportunities for advanced academics at the elementary, middle and high school level
- Suggests what parents, as partners in the learning process, can do at home
Parents are encouraged to use the guide as a starting point for extended communication with teachers, school and district administrators, and most importantly, with their children.
The Student Progression Plan
The Student Progression Plan includes:
- standards for evaluating each student’s performance, including how well he or she masters the performance standards approved by the State Board of Education,
- specific levels of performance in reading, writing, science, and mathematics for each grade level, including the levels of performance on statewide assessments,
- appropriate alternative placement for a student who has been retained two or more years, and
- procedures for informing each student and his or her parents/guardians of the student’s academic progress
The SJCSD Student Progression Plan is a contract delineating what a student must know and be able to do to be promoted and what the district will do to help the student meet the requirements for promotion.
The Student Progression Plan is governed by state statutes and district policy. All procedures listed in the Student Progression Plan are subject to change due to School Board or legislative action. Students are placed in programs and levels best suited to meet their academic needs and customized learning path, with consideration given to their social, emotional and physical development.
Decisions regarding student promotion, retention and special placement are primarily the responsibility of the individual school’s professional staff. District and state regulations place the responsibility for decisions regarding student placement with the principal and the Child Study Team or its equivalent.
It is the responsibility of the School Board and district administration to provide students with effective instructional and remedial programs that accomplish the following:
- monitor student progress,
- promote continuous achievement,
- make provisions for individual differences,
- promotes students’ assuming responsibility for their learning and attendance
- provide effective, engaging instruction and remediation, and
- document instruction in, and student mastery of, the standards.