May 23, 2003
(Marietta-AP) -- The Cobb County school board voted last night to end social promotions, and will require third, fifth and eighth-graders to pass the state's Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests to advance to the next grade.
The changes will be phased in during the next three years. The new policy will require all students in those grades who fail the state curriculum tests to receive extra help and then take the test again.
Those who fail a second time will be retained unless a three-member committee made up of the child's parent, teacher and a principal's representative decides to promote the child.
Under the old policy, students in Cobb County schools were promoted based on whether they passed their class work. The CRCT was not a factor.
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