• 8. Graduation Information and K-12 Retention Guidelines

    GRADUATION INFORMATION:

    Below is the verbiage from the DOE regarding the required graduation assessments and end of course exams.

    Q: How does the cancellation of state assessments impact students?

    A: The answer will vary based on students’ placement within their educational journey.

    • Current seniors: If a senior is expected to graduate in spring 2020 and has not met the exit criteria for Algebra I EOC and/or Grade 10 ELA FSA, or earned a concordant score, this criteria will be waived. However, students still must earn the necessary credits and meet the GPA requirements to graduate.
    • Non-seniors: The Department is waiving the requirement for non-senior students who are currently enrolled in a course that requires an EOC to take the associated EOC. However, non-seniors who have yet to pass the Grade 10 FSA ELA must still meet the exit criteria by passing that assessment during a future administration or earning a concordant score. Though non-senior students enrolled in the EOC course of Algebra 1 are not required to take the Algebra 1 EOC, they must still meet the mathematics assessment graduation requirement by either passing the Algebra 1 EOC (offered four times each year) during a future administration, earning a concordant score, or passing the Geometry EOC during a future administration.
    • Grade 3 promotion: Generally, the Grade 3 ELA FSA is a key component districts use to make promotion decisions. Since this data will not be available due to the cancellation of statewide assessments for the 2019-2020 school year, promotion decisions should be made in consultation with parents, teachers, and school leaders based on the students’ classroom performance and progress monitoring data.
    • EOC 30% for final grade is waived: For students currently enrolled in courses that include a statewide EOC to be factored into the student’s grade, this requirement will be waived. Students will also NOT participate in district-developed LEOC assessments.

    Summary Points Regarding Graduation Guidance

    1. For the school year 2019-2020, any student whose parent agrees to the 18 or 24 credit State of Florida standard diploma to graduate in Spring, 2020, can graduate without meeting the state Algebra 1 EOC and/or FSA reading score exam requirement.  Agreement can be made until the day before May 29, 2020 and student can be in a different graduation cohort. ​
    2. For the school year 2019-2020, students who are 5thyear students or beyond will be considered seniors and will follow the same guidelines as students in the 19-20 cohort. 
    3. NOTE: Special Education students will still have the ESE waiver paperwork completed if they are in cohort 2020 for graduation.

    K-12 RULES FOR RETENTION FOR 2020-21 From Florida Department of Education:

    Q: Will parents have the ability to request retention of their child in the current grade for the 2020- 2021 year?

    A: Yes, if parents, teachers and school leaders determine it is in the best interest of the student. Parents play an important role in planning for their students’ education. Promotion decisions should be made in consultation with parents, teachers, and school leaders based on the students’ classroom performance and progress monitoring data 

    Recommended Process For 2020-2021 Retention Requests in Sarasota Schools:

    1. Parent/student requests retention to a school-based staff person.
    2. Staff refers information to their school administration or school counselor.
    3. School Administration assembles a team including: administrator, teacher(s), PSS program specialist, parent, and student, where appropriate to review request.  If SWD, ESE Liaison must be included. 
    4. School committee determines if retention is appropriate based on academic performance, progress monitoring and other circumstances and communicates decision in writing to parent, within 5 school days. Final determination is made by the School Principal.

    Recommended Process For 2020-2021 Retention Requests in Sarasota Schools:
    Parent/student requests retention to a school-based staff person.
    Staff refers information to their school administration or school counselor.
    School Administration assembles a team including: administrator, teacher(s), PSS program specialist, parent, and student, where appropriate to review request.  If SWD, ESE Liaison must be included. 
    School committee determines if retention is appropriate based on academic performance, progress monitoring and other circumstances and communicates decision in writing to parent, within 5 school days. Final determination is made by the School Principal.