Retention/Promotion Policy

Retention/Promotion Policy

During the 1999 California legislative session, Assembly Bills 1626 and 1639 were passed into law. These companion bills require school districts to implement retention and promotion guidelines for students transitioning from grades 2-8. Students who are identified as being at risk of being retained or who are performing below standard in key academic areas are to be offered additional support.
The Orcutt Union School District has adopted a program that meets the guidelines established by the legislation. Students are identified as “at risk of being retained” in grades 2 and 3 for academic deficits in reading. Students in grades 4-8 can be considered as “at risk of being retained” for academic deficits in reading, language arts, and/or math. Intervention services are offered to identified students.

At the conclusion of the school year, teachers and parents will review the progress of identified students. Students who do not meet promotion requirements may be recommended by their classroom teacher for retention at their current grade level.

Students who have Individual Education Plans (IEPs) and/or Section 504 accommodation plans will be evaluated based upon the goals/guidelines in their plans. English Learners will be evaluated based upon their overall progress, not solely upon English proficiency.

Parents who have questions about the district’s retention/promotion program should contact Mrs. McInerney.

The Orcutt Union School District does not discriminate against individuals based on actual or perceived race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, veteran status, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sex, or sexual orientation. Compliance Officer: Susan Salucci, Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources/Discrimination/Equity & Title lX Compliance Officer, 500 Dyer Street, Orcutt, CA 93455, Email:, Phone: 805-938-8909. See district policies at