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New Legislation Allows Pass/No Pass Grades for High School Students for 2020-2021 School Year
Posted 8/2/21

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 2, 2021

New Legislation Allows Pass/No Pass Grades for High School Students for 2020-2021 School Year

Assembly Bill 104 Supports all Students

On July 1, 2021, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 104 (AB 104) into law. The new law makes changes to three areas that can affect high school students: retention, grades, and graduation. You can read the complete text of AB 104, Pupil Instruction: retention, grade changes, and exemptions here.

Option to Change Letter Grade to Pass/No Pass Applications Due August 17, 2021

Parents of a student, or a student that is 18 years of age, that attended high school during the 2020-2021 school year can request to change a grade to Pass (Credit) or No Pass (No Credit) if they were enrolled in the course during the 2020-2021 school year. Please use this application, due August 17, 2021, if you want to request a grade change from a high school within the Napa Valley Unified School District. The new law requires the California State University (CSU), and encourages the University of California (UC) and private postsecondary institutions, to accept those grades.  For more information about the CSU, you can refer to this webpage.  For more information about the UC, you can refer to this webpage. Some postsecondary institutions, including those in other states, may not accept a Pass or No Pass grade for admissions. For a list of the institutions that will accept a transcript with a Pass or No Pass grade in place of a letter grade, you can refer to this webpage.

Retention Consultation and Graduation Requirements

High school students in grades 9-11 during the 2020-2021 school year that earned deficient (D, F, or no pass) grades for at least half of their coursework, can request a “retention consultation”. This is a temporary addition to the district's existing retention policy. Upon receiving a written request for a “retention consultation” the district has 30 calendar days to hold the consultation and 10 days after the meeting to issue a final retention decision. 

High school juniors and seniors in the 2020-2021 school year that were not on track to graduate are not required to complete coursework and other requirements adopted by the school board or county office of education. The district must offer the opportunity for juniors and seniors to complete statewide required coursework if they are not on track to graduate in the 2020-2021 or 2021-2022 school year because of statewide requirements.