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At the Warren County Board of Education meeting on August 17, 1998, the Board approved the Administrative Regulations to Policy 5530, Promotion and Retention of Students. At its April 1999 meeting, the State Board of Education adopted the North Carolina Student Accountability Standards. The information below combines both adoptions, outlining the specific criteria and standards students must achieve at certain grade levels in order to be promoted to the next level. These standards are referred to as gateways. Note: State standards and their effective dates are printed in BLACK. Local standards, adopted in addition to State standards, and their effective dates, are printed in BLUE.

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Grade 3 - Gateway 1

Students must:
Demonstrate grade-level proficiency by scoring at Level III or above on state end-of-grade tests in reading and mathematics and achieve a 110% Expected Gain

  • SBE/DPI Effective date: 2001-2002
  • WCS Effective date: 2000-2001

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Grade 5 - Gateway 2

Demonstrate grade-level proficiency by scoring at Level III or above on state end-of-grade tests in reading and math; must achieve a 110% Expected Gain and must score 2.5 or better on 4th grade writing assessment or demonstrate adequate progress on scored local grade 5 writing samples

  • SBE/DPI Effective date: 2000-2001
  • WCS Effective date: 2000-2001

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Grade 8 - Gateway 3

Demonstrate grade-level proficiency by scoring at Level III or above on state end-of-grade tests in reading and math; must achieve 110% Expected Gain, and must score 2.5 or better on 7th grade writing assessment or demonstrate adequate progress on scored local grade 8 writing samples

  • SBE/DPI Effective date: 2001-2002
  • WCS Effective date: 2000-2001

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Grade 12 - Gateway 4

Students must earn 28 units of credit including:

  • 4 units of English: English I, II, III, IV
  • 3 units of math, including Algebra I
  • 3 units of science, including biology and a physical science (effective graduating class of 2004-biology, earth/environmental science, and a physical science)
  • 3 units of social studies including ELPS, US History and world history or world geography
  • 1 unit of Health/PE
  • Additional elective credits to reach 28 units

Students must also receive:

  • A passing score on math and reading competency tests
  • A passing score on Computer Skills Test (Effective Class of 2001

In addition:

  • Beginning with this year's tenth graders, the Class of 2003, students must achieve a passing score on the Exit Exam of Essential Skills which will be taken in the spring of the 11th grade.

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