Kentucky's primary program is that part of the elementary school program in which children are enrolled from the time they begin school until they are ready to enter the intermediate program (fourth grade). The primary program includes the following critical attributes: continuous progress; developmentally appropriate educational practices; authentic assessment; multiage and multiability classrooms; qualitative reporting methods; professional teamwork; and positive parent involvement.
Placement of students has always been at the discretion of the local district, provided they can assure they are meeting the child’s developmental needs. Through KRS 158.031,
districts may advance students through the primary program when it is in the best educational interest of the child. The process districts must follow is identified in 702 KAR 7:125
Section 7 (2) (a through d), and it applies to students who are at least five but less than six years of age. The principal/school district always has the final decision on student placement (KRS 158.140)
and there is no statutory or regulatory provision for an appeal process.
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for the most current, research-based information around best practice when making decisions around student placement, specifically when making decisions between retention or intervention