AB 104 Update
On Thursday, July 1, 2021, Governor Newsom signed Assembly Bill 104 into law, and we’d like to provide you with important information on how this legislation may relate to your student. The bill contained three major provisions: retention, grading, and graduation policies. On this page you will find information about each provision.
In preparation for the 2021-22 school year, students will be eligible for a retention consultation if they received deficient grades for at least one-half of their coursework in 2020-21 and their parents are interested in holding them back a grade level. Deficient grades include “1” at the TK-6 level and D or F or No Credit at 7-12. This temporary retention policy is in addition to any existing district retention policies. Students who were in 12th grade in 2020-21 are not eligible.
Parents/guardians of eligible students must request the retention consultation in writing. Districts then have 30 calendar days to hold the consultation and 10 calendar days after that meeting to issue a final decision. An official communication was emailed to parents on August 4, 2021. Students and families will have 15 days to request this change. The deadline is August 19, 2021.
How to Request Retention Consultation
If you would like to request a retention consultation for your “eligible pupil” (a pupil who has received deficient grades for at least one-half of the pupil’s coursework in the 2020-21 academic year), please follow these steps:
- Review the Frequently Asked Questions below.
- Print, complete, sign, and date the AB 104 Retention Consultation Request form.
- AB104 Retention Consultation Forms also are available at school offices.
- Return the completed AB 104 Retention Consultation Request form to your student’s home school.
- You will be contacted and a consultation meeting will be held within 30 calendar days after submitting your request.
Retention Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Who can apply for the AB 104 retention?
How soon will the meeting be held after I submit my AB 104 Retention Consultation request?
If a student has been previously retained does the AB 104 Retention apply?
How soon will I be notified of the final determination of the student’s retention?
If I am retained, do I get an extra year of athletic eligibility for high school sports?
If I am an elementary school or middle school student, can this affect my future high school sports eligibility?
What does research say about retention?
AB 104 permits parents of students who were in high school in 2020-21 (or the student, if they have turned 18) to request letter grades for last year be changed to Credit/No Credit on transcripts. The new law requires CSU, and encourages UC and private postsecondary institutions, to accept those grade designations without prejudice. Parents can expect to receive further information regarding the process for requesting a change to Credit/No Credit from your student’s school.
AB 104 exempts 2020-21 juniors and seniors from high school graduation requirements beyond statewide requirements if they are not on track to graduate in four years and requires school districts to provide opportunities for juniors and seniors to meet statewide graduation requirements through, among other avenues, a fifth year of high school. To provide opportunities and support those students who are not on track to graduate, TUSD high schools work with individual students to develop options which may include embedded and after school credit recovery as well as programs at Roselawn High School, eCademy Charter, and Turlock Adult School. Please contact your school site with any additional questions you may have.