On my sons Kindergarten progress report it had three check spaces. 1, Retained in Kindergarten, 2, Placed in first grade, 3, Promoted to first grade. - Whats the difference? - He was only at this school for 2 months, and never asked about his progress at his old school.
To get the most accurate answer, you should contact your child's school. Chances are the difference between 2 - Place in first grade and 3 - Promoted to first grade is that 2 means the child has to go on to first grade. They have already been retained in Kindergarten and can't repeat the grade again. Whereas 3 means your son met all the academic requirements to go on to the next grade level. But I would double check with the school.
At the elementary level, the term promotion is often used to indicate a student has successfully completed the current year and is being moved forward to the next grade level. The term placed in first grade may be related to a child who has been recommended for retention in kindergarten, but the parent(s) want that child to move onto first grade. In that case the child would be 'placed' in first grade versus 'promoted'.
My elementary child was recently placed in the next grade not promoted. She had all As and Bs throughout the school year, had perfect attendance, and was awarded for her good attitute. She was also the top math student in her grade. However she did not pass the reading end of grade test. Prior to the reading test the school implemented a program to help students pass the test. She put in the extra time and successfully completed the program and was reading on grade level by other standarlized measures used by the school. Placed in the next grade was written on her final report card. Parents did not request for her to move on but agree witht the decision.