Review Procedure in Place for 4th and 7th Graders Who Make A's, B's, and C's But Fail Gateway









Review Procedure in Place for 4th and 7th Graders Who Make A's, B's, and C's But Fail Gateway

Students who make good grades should have no problem passing the Gateway. However, in cases where a fourth or seventh grader who makes C's or better on his report card all year unexpectantly fails the Gateway, an automatic Review Procedure will go into motion.
Gwinnett County Public Schools
Gateway Review Procedure:
Grades 4 and 7

In order to identify and address those cases where a student in Grade 4 or 7 exhibits uncharacteristic and unexpected poor performance on the Gateway as identified by a predicted failing or a failing score, an additional review is required and will be automatically initiated for students who earn no grades below a “C” on their report cards in the Gateway-related areas all year.

Review Procedure # 1 - Based on Multiple Choice Scores
Procedure 1, Section 1
The local school will receive results of the multiple choice section of the Gateway before the end of the school year. Upon receipt of these results, the local school will take the following steps:
  • Compare these results with the grades students received on their report cards.
  • Identify students who are predicted to fail using the multiple choice portion of the Gateway, but have not received any grades below a “C” on their report card in ALL of the
  • Gateway-related areas/courses.
    Gateway-related areas are as follows:
    Grade 4 - Math, Science, Social Studies and Language Arts;
    Grade 7 - Math, Science, Social Studies and Language Arts.
    • By the final day of post-planning and at least ten (10) school/working days before the Assessment Review Committee meets, notify parents of students' eligibility for the Assessment Review and parents' opportunity to submit to the school any written information of personal extenuating circumstances, such as: death in the family, illness, etc.
    • Submit the Student Assessment Review Form and supportive AKS performance data for all identified students to the Assessment Review Committee.
      Procedure 1, Section 2
      For each student submitted to the Assessment Review Committee based on Gateway multiple choice results, the committee will:
      • review the student AKS performance data from the local school and the extenuating circumstances information from the parent(s).
      • make one of four recommendations for action to the Superintendent:
        1. Waive requirement of passing this Gateway.
        2. Completion of summer school highly recommended, but waive requirement of passing this Gateway.
        3. Student must retake and pass this Gateway (completion of summer school highly recommended).
        4. Based on grades and other assessment results, defer recommendation until total Gateway results are available.
        Procedure 1, Section 3
        The Superintendent will receive and review the recommendations by the Assessment Review Committee and recommend to the Board the appropriate action.

        The Board will make a decision based on the action of the committee and the recommendation of the Superintendent. Local schools will notify parents of the Board's decision within five (5) school/working days.

        Review Procedure #2 - Based on Total Gateway Scores
        Procedure 2, Section 1
        After the total Gateway score is received, the local school will take the following steps:
        • Compare total Gateway results with the grades students received on their report cards.
        • Identify students who have failed the Gateway, but have not received any grades below a “C” on their report cards in ALL of the Gateway-related areas (language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies) and were not included in Review Procedure #1.
        • Review total Gateway results of students who were Board-approved for recommendation #4 under Review Procedure #1.
        • If these students pass the Gateway, they will be promoted to the next grade level. Parents should be notified of the results.
        • If these students do not pass the Gateway, continue with Procedure 2.
        • Within two (2) school/working days of receipt of the Gateway results and at least five (5) school/working days before the Assessment Review Committee meets, notify parents of students' eligibility for the Assessment Review and parents' opportunity to submit to the school any written information of personal extenuating circumstances, such as: death in the family, illness, etc. Note: Notification should be made as early as possible in order to meet the summer school timeline. Parents may request through the local school an extension of up to five (5) days, with the knowledge that the summer school session could begin prior to completion of the review.
        • Submit the Student Assessment Review Form and supportive AKS performance data for all identified students to the Assessment Review Committee.
          Procedure 2, Section 2
          For each student submitted to the Assessment Review Committee based on total Gateway results, the committee will:
          • review student AKS performance data from the local school and extenuating circumstances information from the parent(s).
          • make one of three recommendations to the Superintendent:
            1. Waive requirement of passing this Gateway.
            2. Completion of summer school highly recommended, but waive requirement of passing this Gateway.
            3. Student must retake and pass this Gateway (completion of summer school highly recommended).
            Procedure 2, Section 3
            The Superintendent will receive and review the recommendations by the Assessment Review Committee and recommend to the Board the appropriate action.

            The Board will make a decision based on the action of the committee and recommendation of the Superintendent.
            Local schools will notify parents of the Board's decision within five (5) school/working days.

            Composition of Assessment Review Committee:

            Two committees will be formed, each consisting of:
            1 Associate Superintendent
            2 Executive Directors of School Improvement
            2 Center for Educational Programs Staff
            2 Teachers (Elementary Representative and Middle School Representative)
            2 Principals (Elementary Representative and Middle School Representative)