In order to be promoted to the next grade level students must:
• Pass a minimum of 4 out of 6 classes of which 3 must be core academic classes.
Pass is defined as earning a D or higher. Core academic classes include math,science, language arts
and social studies.
• Earn a level 2 or higher on the FCAT Reading SSS Test
Students who meet the requirement for earning a level 2 or higher on the FCAT Reading SSS Test but do not meet requirements for passing classes will be retained. Students who meet the requirement for passing classes but do not earn a level 2 or higher on the FCAT Reading SSS Test will be retained unless they qualify for an FCAT Exemption. FCAT Exemptions refer to learner characteristics or proof of mastery as demonstrated on alternative tests as defined by OCPS. Students falling into this category after their 8th grade year (who do not qualify for an exemption) will have the opportunity to attend a summer reading camp. If the student makes sufficient progress in this camp session as documented by learning gains in reading, the student may be promoted to Grade 9 pending final promotion requirements for middle to high school (see below). If the student does not make sufficient progress as indicated by an alternate assessment measure, the student will be retained.