Third Grade Promotion Information

  • Student Progression

    Florida Statute requires that all school districts establish and communicate expectations for levels of student performance in English Language Arts, mathematics, science, and social studies at each grade level. These levels of performance are used to identify students who have mastered content as well as those students who may need targeted instructional support.  Please review the information provided below on how student performance is measured and how students can achieve promotion to fourth grade. No student may be assigned to a grade level based on age or other factors that constitute social promotion or administrative placement [§1008.25(6)(a), Florida Statute]. It is important to note that meeting or exceeding performance expectations is the sole measure for promotion.


    Letter Grades

    Leon County Schools sets expectations for each area of study based on the standards established by the State of

    Florida. You can access the state standards at  Schools use all available data, including progress monitoring and statewide assessment results, to determine promotion eligibility. Student performance on grade-appropriate, standards-based learning is represented by letter grades. These grades are not based on a student’s work at his/her own instructional level but instead reflect the student’s performance based on the standards established by the State. Satisfactory progress of these standards is an indicator of student proficiency. Quantifying student performance ensures that students are continually monitored for academic progress throughout the school year. Instruction is adjusted accordingly to help students reach their fullest potential. Letter grades and their values are listed below:


    A  - 90% proficiency

    B  - 80% proficiency

    C  - 70% proficiency

    D  - 60% proficiency

    F   - Less than 60% proficiency


    A student working below grade level or repeatedly earning a grade of “D” or “F” on the Student Progress Report Card is in danger of not meeting expectations for promotion to the next grade level and may be retained.


    Minimum Third Grade Promotion Requirement

    In order to meet promotion requirements, third graders are required to achieve a score set by the state on the Grade 3 Florida Standards Assessment for English Language Arts. Students not meeting this criteria may still meet promotion requirements through any one of seven good-cause exemptions [§1008.25(6), Florida Statute].


    Minimum Third Grade Expectations

    • Master each Florida Standard at 70% or greater in all core content areas taught.
    • Attain a grade equivalent (GE) score of 4.0 by the end of the year on an individualized assessment in the subjects of English Language Arts and math.
    • Read with accuracy and fluency equal to third-grade end-of-year expectations.
    • Score at Level 3 or higher on the Florida Standards Mathematics Assessment.


Last Modified on February 22, 2022