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Tenth Grade Counseling

A program that supports the systematic review of academic progress and counseling during the final two years of high school.

Funding for the Tenth Grade Pupil Progress Review and Counseling program was included in the Pupil Retention Block Grant, a state-funded categorical program that was discontinued as of the 2013-14 fiscal year and now part of the Local Control Funding Formula.

The California Education Code (EC) sections that govern the Tenth Grade Pupil Progress Review and Counseling program have been repealed. This means that school districts are no longer required to satsify the requirements of the Tenth Grade Pupil Progress Review and Counseling program as a condition of funding.

The Tenth Grade Counseling Program, in operation since 1983, required a systematic review of each student's academic progress and counseling regarding educational options available during the final two years of high school. Tenth Grade Counseling was established by the Hughes-Hart Educational Reform Act of 1983 (Senate Bill 813) and sections 48431.6 and 48431.7 of the EC, as sections 84 and 85 of Chapter 498/83, Tenth Grade Student Progress Review and Counseling.

The purpose of the existing program is to ensure that every student, upon reaching age sixteen or prior to the end of the tenth grade, receives a review of academic progress and counseling related to educational options. In November 1984, the California Department of Education ruled that program funds could be used at the eighth or ninth grade, "as long as each student receives the services prior to the end of the tenth grade." The intent of the Legislature was to provide a checkpoint for assessing student progress toward meeting graduation requirements and to broaden the educational and career options for students. It was also intended that students who are not progressing satisfactorily toward graduation or not motivated toward education and career goals appropriate to their ability should receive priority for counseling.

Use of Funds
The components of the Tenth Grade Counseling Program are no longer a condition of funding but may be considered as effective school counseling practices.

District Program Checklist
A checklist to help your district determine the extent to which it is following the requirements for the Tenth Grade Counseling Program as stated in the Education Code.

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