Third Grade Retention Law Resources
Tennessee Legislation requires third-grade students to demonstrate proficiency on the TCAP in English Language Arts. Please view the sections below for more information regarding these requirements and our plans to provide NGS third-grade students with support in their progress toward proficiency throughout the school year.
Retaining a student in the 3rd grade is intended to provide an additional year of classroom instruction to prepare them for a successful academic experience in 4th grade. However, parents/guardians of eligible students may submit this appeal form to the Tennessee Department of Education to request the student be promoted to 4th grade without any additional learning supports.
By submitting this appeal form, a family will waive a student’s right to receive free tutoring and/or summer school programming to support their academic success.
The state of Tennessee has had a student promotion and retention law in place since 2011. During the 2021 Special Session, the Tennessee legislature updated that law to ensure that all students have the support to read and perform on grade level no later than the 2022-23 school year.
To support districts, schools, and families, the department has developed several resources.
Click on the links to explore this information.