Recently, the State Board of Education adopted new rules governing middle school requirements. As a result, in August, the School Board adopted the following policy that reflects the new requirements:
The goal of Kuna Joint School District No. 3 is to ensure that each student exiting middle school demonstrates learning competencies prior to transitioning to high school. The required competencies will be in English, math, science, history, electives & physical education/health for all seventh and eighth grade students, as well as the successful completion of a learning portfolio. Additionally, as defined by the exit standards, it is expected that students will attend school on a regular basis regardless of their academic standing. Students that demonstrate difficulty in meeting one or more of the requirements will be required to follow an alternative route to completion, which may include an individual improvement plan and/or strategic interventions in order to be successful.
Commencing with the 2010-2011 school year, all seventh and eighth grade students are required to have met the following by the end of the school year:
- Attain 80% of total credits (including language arts, math, science, history, health/PE, and electives); a student may not fail a core subject for every reporting period in a year (i.e. 4 F’s in Language Arts or Math, 2 F’s in science or history).
- Successfully complete the learning portfolio.
- Have no more than 6 absences per semester.
Students not meeting (or in jeopardy of not meeting) credit requirements will be given an opportunity to recover credits or complete an alternate mechanism in order to be eligible for promotion to the next grade level. These alternatives could include summer school, after-school programs and digital programs such as IDLA and will be customized to each individual situation.
A written alternate promotion plan, developed by the Child Study Team must be on file for students with special circumstances (i.e. students with severe health problems, Individual Education Plans, etc.)