Policy 604   Pupil Progress

604.1 Progress Reports of Students
Reporting Practices
The Board of Directors recognizes the following objectives or purposes of a system of student reporting practices:
  1. To inform parents of the progress made by their children.
  2. To bring parents into closer understanding of the work of the school.
  3. To record for pupils their growth or achievement.
  4. To assist pupils in evaluating their growth or achievement.
  5. To assist the pupil, the parents, and the school in working cooperatively for the welfare of the pupil.

Parent-teacher conferences shall be scheduled in all schools of the district.  Report cards will be issued in all schools at the close of each grading quarter.

Date of Adoption: August 20, 1974

Reviewed: March 9, 1992; Feb. 12, 2001; May 14, 2001; July 11, 2005; March 8, 2010; Aug. 11, 2014

Amended: March 9, 1992; June 11, 2001


604.2 Student Assessment System
The Board of Education believes that assessment is integral to the learning process. When properly designed, administered, and interpreted, assessment results provide a meaningful independent source of information that can be used to design appropriate educational opportunities for students.

Improved student learning is the primary goal of any assessment. It is the expectation of the district that all assessments will be directly linked to specific instructional targets.

To be effective, assessments must be employed strategically as part of a balanced and coordinated system. The Board acknowledges that a balanced assessment system employs two types of assessments that must work in concert: summative and formative. Summative assessments provide comparative information regarding the effectiveness of programs and instructional practices that help establish the quality and quantity of learning. Formative assessments, by contrast, are implemented at the classroom level and inform teachers and students of each student’s progress in the learning process. Each type of assessment has specific purposes, uses, limitations and allows for effective communication of results. Therefore, a variety of assessment information will be used in conjunction with all other information to provide a comprehensive picture and make decisions that can assist in improving learning.

Assessments shall be valid and reliable and based on sound research. The assessment system must be capable of showing how a student progresses over a time to achieve proficiency in the content standards. Each assessment will, therefore, align with the district’s established content standards and expectations.

It shall be the policy of the Board to Education that any district wide assessment be selected with input from professional staff and the School Improvement Advisory Committee (SIAC).

Assessment information should assist and support, not replace, teacher judgment in assessing and evaluating student achievement. Therefore, the superintendent will ensure that appropriate staff has the knowledge and skills necessary to administer, score, interpret, design, and effectively use a variety of assessments as tools to improve student achievement.

No student is required, as part of any applicable program, to submit to a survey, analysis or evaluation that reveals information concerning:

  • political affiliations or beliefs of the student or student’s parent;
  • mental or psychological problems of the student or the student’s family;
  • sex behavior or attitudes;
  • illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating or demeaning behavior;
  • critical appraisals of other individuals with whom respondents have close family relationships;
  • legally recognized, privileged and analogous relationships, such as those of lawyers, physicians and ministers;
  • religious practices, affiliations or beliefs of the student or student’s parent; or
  • income, (other than that required by law to determine eligibility for participation in a program or for receiving financial assistance under such program).

It is the responsibility of the superintendent, in conjunction with the Director of Instruction, to develop administrative regulations regarding this policy.

It is the responsibility of the board to review and approve the evaluation and testing program.

Date of Adoption: August 20, 1974 Legal Reference: No Child Left Behind, Title II, Sec. 1061, P.L. 107-110 (2002) Goals 2000: Educate America Act, Pub. L. No. 103-227, 108 Stat. 125 (1994). 20 U.S.C. s1232h (1994). Iowa Code ss 280.3; 256B; 282.1; .3, .6 (2001). 281 I.A.C. 12.5(13), .5(21).

Reviewed: March 9, 1992; December 11, 2000; February 12, 2002; December 9, 2002; July 11, 2005;
March 8, 2010; Aug. 11, 2014

Amended: March 9, 1992; January 8, 2001; January 13, 2003; June 8, 2009
604.3 Promotion
Promotion practices in the Mount Pleasant Community School District will include placing students in an environment where maximum development will take place. Parents shall be informed as early in the school year as possible when in the judgment of the teacher and principal a student is to be retained in the same grade or class for another year.

Date of Adoption: August 20, 1974

Reviewed: March 9, 1992; Feb. 12, 2001; July 11, 2005; March 8, 2010; Aug. 11, 2014

Amended: March 9, 1992


604.4 Requirements for Graduation
Twenty-four (24) units of academic credit will be required for students graduating from high school. The twenty-four (24) units of academic credit must include credit for those courses required by state law, which includes exercise science, and/or the district's Board of Directors. Early graduation will be permitted when these requirements are met.

Date of Adoption: August 20, 1974

Reviewed: March 9, 1992; Feb. 12, 2001; July 11, 2005; March 8, 2010; Aug. 11, 2014

Amended: March 12, 2001, July 10, 2006


604.5 Special Education, Instruction, Graduation of Special Education Students
The Mount Pleasant Community School District will establish appropriate criteria for determining a course of study for the handicapped child. Upon successful completion of the prescribed course of study, the handicapped student will enjoy the same ceremonial activities as any other student. The district will issue to special education students the same certificate or diploma as granted to other students meeting the requisite necessary for completion of their educational program. Individual Education Plans should clearly set forth criteria for graduation at least eighteen months in advance of the proposed graduation. The local school district establishes the criteria for graduation for all students and the IEP team determines when each handicapped student has met that criteria.

Date of Adoption: June 8, 1987

Reviewed: March 9, 1992; February 12, 2001; July 11, 2005; March 8, 2010; Aug. 11, 2014



604.6 Early Graduation
Students may graduate prior to the completion of grade twelve (12) if the course work required for graduation under board policy 604.4 - "Requirements for Graduation" has been fulfilled. In such cases, the student must have the approval of the Board and a recommendation by the Superintendent and the Principal.

It shall be the responsibility of the Superintendent, in conjunction with the Principal, to develop administrative regulations regarding this policy.

Date of Adoption: March 13, 1989

Legal Reference: (Code of Iowa) Chapter 279.8, 280.3, 280.14

Reviewed: March 9, 1992; Feb. 12, 2001; July 11, 2005; March 8, 2010; Aug. 11, 2014



604.7 Permanent Records
The Superintendent of Schools, assisted by the professional staff, shall develop a system of maintaining and preserving the educational records of the students in the school system.
Date of Adoption: August 20, 1974

Reviewed: March 9, 1992; Feb. 12, 2001; July 11, 2005; March 8, 2010; Aug. 11, 2014

604.8 Procedural Safeguard & Recordkeeping
The board recognizes that parents and their children with disabilities have certain rights which are protected under Public Law 94-142 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Among these are the rights (1) to a free and appropriate education; (2) to inspect records; (3) to have written notice of plans to identify, evaluate, or place; (4) to consent or withhold consent to allow identification and evaluation of placement; (5) to impartial due-process hearing; (6) to a surrogate parent when necessary; (7) to a multidisciplinary evaluation; and (8) to confidentiality.

Parents and eligible students will have access to the student's records during the regular business hours of the school district. An eligible student is a student who has reached eighteen (18) years of age or is attending an institution of postsecondary education at the post high school level. Parents of an eligible student are provided access to the student records only with the written permission of the eligible student unless the eligible student is defined as a dependent by the Internal Revenue Code. In that case, the parents may be provided access without the written permission of the student. A representative of the parents or eligible student, who has received written permission from the parents or eligible student, may inspect and review a special education student's records. Parents, other than parents of an eligible student, may be denied access to a student's records if the school district has a court order stating such or when the district has been advised under the appropriate laws that the parents may not access the student records. Parents may inspect an instrument used for the purpose of collection of student personal information prior to the instrument’s use.

If the parents or an eligible student believes the information in the student records is inaccurate, misleading or violates the privacy or other rights of the student, the parents or an eligible student may request that the school district amend the student records. The school district will decide whether to amend the student records within a reasonable time after receipt of the request. If the school district determines an amendment is made to the student record, the school district will make the amendment and inform the parents or the eligible student of the decision in writing.

Legal Reference: No Child Left Behind, Title IX, Sec. 9528, P.L.107-110 (2002). USA Patriot Act, Sec. 507, P.L. 107-56. (2001); 20 U.S.C. § 1232g, 1415 (1994). 34 C.F.R. Pt. 99, 300.560 - .574 (2002); Iowa Code §§ 22; 279.9B, 280.24,.25, 622.10 (2005); 281 I.A.C. 12.3(6); 41.20; 1980 Op. Att'y Gen. 720, 825.

Date of Adoption: March 13, 2006

Reviewed: March 8, 2010; Aug. 11, 2014





 RP 600  Senior Year Plus Guidelines

Concurrent Enrollment Courses

  1. A mandatory meeting between the parent/guardian and a representative of the school district will occur prior to a student enrolling in a concurrent enrollment class taught off campus.  This includes all On-line courses.
  2. Parents/Guardian will be required to sign a Concurrent Enrollment Agreement Form prior to a student enrolling in classes taught either on or off campus.
  3. Student Proficiency Requirements:  a student must be proficient in the areas of reading, math and science as measured by Iowa Assessment Standard Scores: Math-261, Science-265, Reading-262. For those students with IEPs that do not demonstrate proficiency in one or more of the areas, the IEP team may establish alternative but equivalent qualifying performance measures through the IEP (refer to the Senior Year Plus Manual, page 12).  
  4. The school district will pay the cost of registration and, students will be responsible for class textbooks and related materials.  Fees for students eligible for Free/Reduced Lunch Program will be waived.
  5. Transportation is the obligation of the students and the student’s parent or guardian.
  6. Parents of students enrolled in off-campus courses (including on-line), are responsible for contacting the college/university at the end of the 1st and 3rd quarters regarding academic progress of the student.  Parents may log into the community college website for a continuous reporting of student academic progress.    

Post Secondary Enrollment Option (PSEO)

  1. District pays $250
  2. Parent must reimburse the school district $250 if the student fails the course
  3. Parent must sign PSEO Agreement Form
  4. The postsecondary institution is responsible for providing textbooks
  5. Transportation is the obligation of the students and the student’s parent or guardian

Procedures developed by Board Policy Committee and High School Administration – June 2010

Reviewed:    May 23, 2016

Amended:     June 13, 2016