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Assembly Bill (AB) 104
The state of California recently enacted a new law – Assembly Bill (AB) 104 – that expands learning and credit recovery options for students who may have struggled academically during the pandemic-impacted 2020-2021 school year.
The options include:
- A process for students who were enrolled in grades K-11 for the 2020-2021 year to request to repeat the last grade
- A process for high school students to change eligible grades to Pass/No Pass
- Exemption from local governing board graduation requirements for students in grades 11 or 12 (in 2020-21) who were not on track to graduate in four years
- Process for K-11 Students to Request to Repeat the 2020-21 Grade
This law provides a process for parents and guardians to request that their student repeat the grade they were enrolled in during the 2020-2021 school year. Parents and guardians of students who were in grades K – 11 in the last school year would be eligible to make this request if their student received grades of 1’s or 2’s for at least one-half of their coursework in the 2020-2021 school year. This request will trigger a consultation with the school administrator to review and discuss all learning recovery options and supports that the student could access.
How to apply: Parents/Guardians may submit a written request to Executive Director Morgan at firstname.lastname@example.org or by dropping the request off at the local school office. The school will schedule a consultation within 30 days of receipt of the request.
- Process for High School Students to Change Grades to Pass/No Pass
AB 104 provides a process for high school students to request grades they received in the 2020-2021 school year be changed to a Pass/No Pass grade.
How to apply: Parents/Guardians must complete the California Department of Education (CDE) Application which is available online or can be picked up from your local school office. A list of postsecondary educational institutions that will accept a Pass/No Pass grade has been posted on CDE’s website. Families will have until September 9,2021 to make the request. The school is prohibited from accepting requests after this date. If you have questions, please contact Sherri Morgan, Executive Director/Superintendent at email@example.com or by calling 530-827-2395. Please submit the application to your local school office.
- Exemption from Governing Board Graduation Requirements
The law requires that high school students who were in their third or fourth year of high school during the 2020-2021 school year, and who were not on track to graduate in four years, may be exempt from our local graduation requirements that exceed statewide requirements. It also requires high schools to provide credit recovery support for these students, including the option to retake courses, or to enroll in a fifth year of high school, to complete state graduation requirements.
How to apply: The school will contact the families of students who may be eligible for this exemption.
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