PROMOTION POLICY FOR GRADES 3-8
Beginning in June 2014, the New York City Department of Education has adjusted the way they make decisions about promoting students in grades 3 through 8 to the next grade. The proposed changes will ensure that students’ scores on New York State English and Math tests are no longer a primary factor in promotion decisions. Instead, schools will base promotion decisions on a variety of measures of student progress, which may include report cards, samples of student writing, projects, assessments, assignments, and other student work alongside State tests.
If you are not satisfied with a promotion decision, you may submit a written appeal to your child’s school principal at the end of August. The appeal will be reviewed by the district superintendent, who makes the final decision.
Students with disabilities and English Language Learners who have different promotion criteria will not be impacted by this change in policy. The promotion policy for students in grades K-2 and high school will remain consistent with previous years. If your child has an Individualized Education Plan or is an English Language Learner, talk to your child’s school about how this process applies.
For more information, please view “What to Expect with the New Promotion Policy” or visit this webpage: http://schools.nyc.gov/ParentsFamilies
If you have any questions, please contact your child’s school.
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RAISING THE BAR is a roadmap for student success in New York City public schools. It was written for parents, to describe the DoE plans for getting students ready for college and careers.
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PARENT INFORMATION ON STUDENT BUS TRANSPORTATION
The Office of Pupil Transportation (OPT) provides service to over 600,000 students attending both public and non-public schools located within the five boroughs, neighboring counties and New Jersey and Connecticut.
Transportation services include stop-to-school busing, door-to-door busing, student MetroCards for use on public transportation, and yellow bus service for over 160,000 school field trips every year.
Our goal is to give parents and families the information they need to be informed and involved. You can learn more about general education eligibility and student MetroCards, find important safety guidelines and valuable tips to share with your child.
PARENTS’ RESOURCES online contains helpful information about school bus transportation, OPT policies and procedures, bus eligibility and explains what happens if the school bus arrives at a student’s destination and there is no adult at the stop to receive the child – also how to request to change the location where a student is dropped off after school.
Frequently Asked Questions about school busing.
Transportation eligibility is determined by the Office of Pupil Transportation on the basis of the student’s grade level and the distance between the student’s residence and the school. Residence/school distances are determined by OPT using the shortest walking route. Please note: Driving distances are not used to calculate eligibility.
You can view a chart containing distance eligibility information online.
HALF FARE TRANSPORTATION— MetroCard
Students eligible for half fare transportation will be issued a half-fare student MetroCard by the office in their school that distributes MetroCards. The half-fare student MetroCard allows an eligible student to travel to and from school and school-related activities on buses only.
FULL FARE TRANSPORTATION—MetroCard Students
Students eligible for full fare transportation can be issued a full-fare student MetroCard by the office in their school that distributes MetroCards or they may apply for yellow bus service. A full-fare student MetroCard allow an eligible student to travel to and from school and school-related activities by bus and train.
FULL FARE TRANSPORTATION—Yellow Bus Service
Students eligible for full-fare transportation may apply for yellow bus service. Yellow bus service is bus service provided from designated stops at designated times to and from schools receiving this service.
To apply for yellow bus service, a student must meet the following criteria:
The student must be eligible for full fare transportation as described above.
The student’s school must have yellow bus service.
The students must be in grades K-8.
The student’s residence must be in the same district as the school (if attending a public school) or the same borough (if attending a charter or non-public school).
The student’s bus route, as measured by bus stops, is no longer than five miles.