PACE Academic Guidelines and Exit Procedure

  • PACE EXPECTATIONS AND EXIT PROCEDURE

    General Expectations for PACE Participants:

    In order to match programming to learning needs, students are placed in PACE classes through a combination of teacher/parent recommendations, ability, and achievement testing.  Accordingly, when students are placed in the PACE program, the expectation is that they will continue to be successful.

    Participants in the PACE program should understand that the curriculum is designed to provide a challenging, rigorous academic experience through acceleration, enrichment, and advanced content. Students and parents are required to sign a permission form for students to participate in PACE programming.  At the beginning of each year the PACE teacher will communicate academic expectations to parents and students. Students are expected to be prepared for class, complete assignments, participate in class discussions, ask questions, and work independently and in groups.

    The teacher will keep a record and/or portfolio of student work that reflects that student’s performance and progress in the program with respect to class expectations. If a teacher observes a student to be having difficulty meeting learning targets, prompt and regular communication with parents is expected.

     

    Academic Performance Guidelines/Exit Procedure:

    In some circumstances, a student may be placed and find that the PACE classes are no longer meeting his/her educational or emotional needs. At any time, with parent consent, a student may exit the program.  In cases where academic classroom performance is an issue, the teacher, parent, student, principal or counselor will initiate the procedure for exiting a student from the PACE program as follows:

    Elementary School

    • If a student is not demonstrating 75% on the PACE Math Local Mid-Year Assessment or 60% on the PACE Reading Local Mid-Year Assessment and/or the student is not demonstrating understanding of key academic concepts, the PACE teacher will arrange a meeting with the student, classroom teacher, support staff (if applicable), and parent to discuss progress and make an action plan.   
    • The PACE teacher will notify and share the action plan with the principal and the PACE Coordinator. The PACE teacher will report student progress to the student and parent every two-three weeks over a period of six weeks. 
    • After six weeks, a follow up meeting will take place between the parent, student, and teacher. If the student does not show growth, placement in the program will be re-evaluated. (Note: A student need not demonstrate 75% on the PACE Math Local Mid-Year Assessment or 60% on the PACE Reading Local Mid-Year Assessment if it is determined that the child is making sufficient growth and/or placement in PACE best serves the student’s needs.)
    • If a placement change is determined to be appropriate, the student may transfer to the core program at the beginning of the next grading cycle, or as determined by the teacher, parent, and student, and approved by the principal.  All transfers must be made by the beginning of the following school year. The teacher will communicate any transfer to the District 200 PACE Office to update the district record.
    • If a student exits the program, he/she may re-test and be placed in the PACE program during a future school year according to academic need.

     

    Middle School

    • If a student receives a “C” or lower in a quarter in a Fast-Paced Math, Language Arts, and/or Science class, the teacher will arrange a meeting with the student, teacher, parent, and support staff (if applicable) to discuss the issue and create an action plan.
    • The teacher will notify and share the action plan with the principal, counselor, and PACE Coordinator. The teacher will report student progress to the parent midway throughout the next quarter.  
    • At the end of the next quarter, a follow-up meeting between the parent, student, teacher, and counselor will take place. The student may be removed from the class if the student does not show improvement and placement is determined to be inappropriate due to lack of academic growth/achievement. (Note: A student need not obtain above a “C” to remain in the program if it is determined that the child is making sufficient growth and/or placement in PACE best serves the student’s needs.)
    • If a student is exited from Fast-Paced Math, the student may be exited from Fast-Paced Science as well.  
    • The student will transfer to the core program at the beginning of the next grading cycle, or as determined by the teacher, parent, and student, and approved by the principal.  All transfers must be made by the beginning of the following school year. All transfers must be communicated with the District 200 PACE Office so that they will be reflected on the district records.
    • If a student exits the program, he/she may re-test and be placed in the PACE program during a future school year according to academic need.
Last Modified on May 9, 2018