Parents: Boston Public Schools Grade 3

Promotion Policy

This information is from the 2004-2005 Boston Public Schools Policy Handbook.

The Boston Public Schools are committed to ensuring that every graduate is a lifelong learner, productive worker, responsible citizen, and thoughtful participant in our diverse communities. Every teacher, administrator, parent/guardian and other adult involved in the lives of our students shares in the responsibility to ensure that all students meet these expectations.

Promotion Requirements for All Grades
Students must fulfill several requirements to be promoted to the next grade. All students must earn passing grades in certain courses, and maintain good attendance. In some grades, students also have to pass standardized tests in reading and math.

Promotion Requirements for Grade 3
To be promoted to grade 4, students must meet both of these requirements:

  1. Pass English Language Arts or English as a Second Language (ESL). To pass, students must earn a passing grade in course work and pass one of the following reading tests, or a bilingual test:
    • Stanford 9 Reading
    • Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA)
    • Flynt-Cooter Reading Assessment
  2. Pass Mathematics. To pass, students must earn a passing grade in course work. Students take the following math tests:
    • Stanford 9 Math
    • BPS Math Assessment
    • Investigations end-of-unit assessments

* Students who do not pass both courses and a Reading and Math test will receive an “Incomplete” and must attend the Summer Transition Program. If they do not pass both courses and a Reading test by the end of the Summer Transition Program, they will repeat grade 3. If they pass Reading and pass the course work for Math, but do not pass the Math test by the end of the Summer Transition Program, they will be promoted to grade 4 and receive extra help in Math.

For more information, please visit the BPS web site.