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AB 104 Fact Sheet

Fact sheet that summarizes Assembly Bill (AB) 104 including information on student retention, pass/no pass grades, and local graduation requirements exemption.

On July 1, 2021 Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill (AB) 104 (Gonzalez) that contained an urgency clause, which take effect immediately.

AB 104 Summary

Section 1: Student Retention

  • A student is eligible for retention if enrolled in grades K–11, in the 2020-21 school year and received deficient grades for at least one-half of their courses.
  • The retention provisions of AB 104 do not apply to students who were in 12th grade in the 2020-21 school year.
  • The family of an eligible student must submit a written request to their local education agency (LEA) to retain their child in the same grade for the 2021–22 school year. Upon receiving the request, the LEA shall offer the family a consultation with the parent, student, administrator and teacher(s).
  • The consultation must occur within 30 calendar days of receiving the written request and must include:
    • Discussion of all available learning recovery options, including access to prior semester courses the student received a D or F letter grade, or some other form of credit recovery.
    • Consideration of the student’s academic data and any other information relevant to whether retention is in the student’s best interests, academically and socially.
    • Discussion about research on the effects of student retention and the types of interventions and supports that are beneficial.
  • The retention decision must be consistent with an eligible student’s individualized education program.
  • The LEA shall notify a parent with the final determination of the decision regarding the student’s retention within 10 calendar days of the consultation.

Section 2: Pass/No Pass Grades

  • Families of students enrolled in high school in the 2020–21 school year may apply to have a letter grade changed to a Pass or No Pass (P/NP) grade.
  • Grade changes must not negatively affect a student’s grade point average.
  • The California State University shall, and private postsecondary educational institutions and the University of California are encouraged to:
    • Accept for admission purposes, and without prejudice, a transcript with a P/NP grade instead of a letter grade for any coursework for an applicant who had enrolled in a high school in the state during any school year from the 2020–21 to 2023–24, inclusive.
  • The California Department of Education (CDE) must post a list of all postsecondary educational institutions within the state that have indicated they will accept P/NP grades.
  • The CDE, within 15 calendar days of the operative date of AB 104, will post a Grade Change Application (PDF) template for use by LEAs.
  • Within 15 days of CDE posting the application template, LEAs serving high school students must post on its website and provide written notice to students and families of the grade change option.
  • The notice must include:
    • The link to the grade change request application.
    • A list of postsecondary educational institutions that accept P/NP grades.
    • A statement informing families of some postsecondary educational institutions, including those from other states, may not accept a P/NP grade.
  • Families have 15 calendar days from when LEAs provide written notice and post on its website the option to submit a grade change application.
  • LEAs have 15 days from receipt of the grade change application to update a transcript and notify a student and family of the grade changes.

Section 3: Local Graduation Requirements Exemption

  • LEAs must exempt students enrolled in their third or fourth year of high school in 2020-21 and who are not on track to graduate in four years from all coursework and other requirements adopted by the governing body that is in addition to the California Minimum High School Graduation Requirements, Education Code Section 51225.3.
  • LEAs must provide these students the opportunity to complete the California Minimum High School Graduation Requirements to earn a high school diploma. This opportunity may include, but is not limited to, completion of the courses through a fifth year of instruction, credit recovery, or other opportunity to ensure students graduate. This exempts students from completing the additional LEA adopted high school graduation requirements.
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Last Reviewed: Friday, March 03, 2023