SUWANEE -- The Gwinnett County Board of Education waived local promotion requirements for 129 students who passed their classes but failed the district's Gateway tests.
The annual assessment review procedure is immediately initiated for elementary and middle school students who did not do as well as would be expected on the tests based on classroom grades.
Of the 47,148 students required to meet local promotion requirements, 203 met the criteria for the review, according to a news release from Gwinnett County Public Schools.
To earn promotion to the next grade, Gwinnett fourth- and seventh-grade students must meet on-grade-level expectations on each section of the state's CRCT, while students in grades five and eight must pass the Georgia Writing Assessment.
According to the assessment review procedure, any student with a minimum of a C semester average in the subjects assessed in the Gateway Assessment Program qualify for an automatic review if he or she failed any part of the Gateway test. Each review was conducted by a committee of teachers, principals and central office administrators.
In addition to reviewing each student's scores, the committee examined students' classroom performance as documented by the child's teacher or teachers. Members also looked at each student's standardized test data, writing standards, other assessment information and evidence of extenuating circumstances such as illness or a death in the family--information that is provided by parents.
The committee then recommended one of three actions for each student: waive passage of the Gateway and promote to the next grade; waive passage of the Gateway, promote to the next grade, but recommend summer school; or do not waive passage of the Gateway, recommend summer school and require Gateway retake and passage for promotion.
Of the 129 students who were promoted without having to pass the Gateway, district officials recommended that 94 of them attend summer school, which begins on Monday.
The recommendations also mean that 74 students will have to retake the tests. It is also highly recommended that they attend summer school, the release stated.
Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks said the Gateway procedures "provide accountability to indicate that students moving up to the next grade level are prepared to do so ... it has allowed us to also provide direction to some students in need."