Section 3h: Satisfactory progress

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Rule Text

This section was originally listed as (h) Synchronous digital instructional contact, which can now be found in section (l).

(h) "Satisfactory progress" means a determination made in accordance with subsection (4)(c) that a student's progress toward achieving the specific learning goals and performance objectives specified in the written student learning plan is satisfactory;

Comments

This subsection defines the term "satisfactory progress," which is used in the third and final core ALE requirement, monthly progress review, as identified in subsection 4. Only a certificated teacher can determine if a student has made satisfactory progress toward achieving the specific learning goals and performance objectives specified in the WSLP, unless the student’s WSLP includes only online courses. In that case, school-based support staff may make the determination using progress grades posted by the teacher and district procedures.

Note: This section was revised prior to the 2013-14 school year. See the revisions.

Common Questions

Q. Can someone else, such as a parent, determine if the student is making satisfactory progress?

A. No. For the purposes on monthly progress review, a certificated teacher must determine if the student is making satisfactory progress. A certificated teacher can take parent input into consideration when determining student progress. But, the teacher should rely on more than just parent input to make the determination.

However, if the student’s WSLP includes only online courses, school-based support staff may use the progress grades posted by the online teacher and may take into account non-academic factors or local school expectations to finalize the determination. School-based support staff must follow school policy and procedures.

Last updated: 8/19/2013

Q. How do I determine if a student is making satisfactory progress? Do I determine this by course or by the whole WSLP?

A. While the determination of satisfactory progress is made based on the entirety of the WSLP, in practice this aggregate determination should be made based on a review of each course included in the WSLP.

Last updated: 8/12/2011

Q. What process do I follow to determine if a student is making satisfactory progress?

A. The rules do not specify a required process. How the determination is made will vary by grade-level, program design, course content, and other factors based on the WSLP including learning goals, performance objectives, learning activities. The timelines and methods which determine satisfactory progress must be outlined on the WSLP.

Last updated: 8/12/2011

Q. Can I include non-academic considerations, such as attendance, attitude, and behavior, when determining satisfactory progress?

A. It is up to each program to establish the dimensions and methods for determining satisfactory progress. Nothing prohibits non-academic considerations from being considered in this process, if these non-academic considerations are included in the WSLP. Keep in mind the primary purposes of the monthly determination of satisfactory progress: first, to track student progress toward the successful completion of each course included in the WSLP; and second, to establish whether an intervention plan must be developed to improve student progress toward to the goals of the WSLP.

Last updated: 8/12/2011

Q. What is meant by the “non-academic factors or local school expectations” that can be taken into account by the school-based support staff in determining satisfactory progress?

A. Non-academic factors might include topics such as attendance, attitude, and behavior. Local school expectations might include a situation where a student’s pace in the course is taken in account as well as the student’s performance. For example, some online courses allow flexibility with due dates and post progress grades based solely on work the student has turned in. However, the local school may want to include the student’s pace in the course as part of the determination of satisfactory progress. It is advised to include these factors and expectations in section (vii) of the WSLP where the methods of evaluation progress are described. More information about handling these factors can be found here.

Last updated: 8/27/2013

Q. Must a highly qualified teacher determine satisfactory progress?

A. An overall determination of satisfactory progress could be based on documented input from the HQ teachers of each course identified on the WSLP, but progress for the overall plan could be determined by a certificated teacher responsible for the overall plan with input from the HQ teacher(s) of each course identified on the plan. If the student’s WSLP includes only online courses, school-based support staff may use the progress grades posted by the online teacher and may take into account non-academic factors or local school expectations to finalize the determination. School-based support staff must follow school policy and procedures.

Last updated: 8/19/2013

Relevant Forms or Samples

None.