D2. Grade Advancement: Retention, Promotion, and Acceleration of Students

  • Policy Code: D2

    First Reading: January 17, 2017
    Second Reading: February 7, 2017
    Adopted: February 7, 2017


    A goal of the Essex Westford Educational Community Unified Union School District (EWECUUSD) is for each student to progress in his or her educational program by reaching a standard of achievement necessary to progress from grade to grade.


    1. Acceleration is the advancement of a student by more than one grade beyond the current grade level.
    2. Promotion is the single grade step most students take from year to year.
    3. Retention allows a student to repeat all or part of a grade in order to more fully prepare for the work of the next grade.

    Promotion, retention and acceleration decisions will be based on the extent to which a student is meeting the standards established by the State Board of Education as well as other relevant factors, including social, emotional, physical and mental growth, past academic performance, behavior, motivation, and attendance.


    The superintendent or his or her designee will develop procedures to implement this policy. The rules will specify a process for determining the promotion, retention or acceleration of individual students.