ALBANY, GA (WALB) - School board members passed a new promotion and retention policy.
It aligns first grade promotion and retention to the same standards-based learning program as other elementary grades.
It also updates the Georgia Milestones testing and makes a much tougher new attendance policy that's already in place official.
"What we did was to update the promotion/retention policy to reflect one the Georgia Milestones Assessment which replaces the CRCT as well as updating the attendance policy which is part of the promotion and retention policy as well," said Ufot Inyang, Assistant Superintendent for Academic Services.
Kindergarten through 8th graders who have more than 5 unexcused absences won't pass.
High school students won't get credit for a course if they miss more than 3-hours in a semester or 5 in a year.