AB104

Learn about Assembly Bill 104
New law expands grading and recovery options for students

Overview

The state of California recently enacted a new law – Assembly Bill (AB) 104 – that will expand learning and credit recovery options for students who may have struggled academically during the pandemic-impacted 2020-2021 school year.

These 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 district graduation requirements for students in grades 11 or 12 who were not on track to graduate

Retention
Process for K-11 Students to Request to Repeat the 2020-2021 Grade

Overview

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 Kindergarten – 11 in the last school year would be eligible to make this request if their student received a D, F, or No Pass grade for at least one-half of their coursework in the 2020-2021 school year. This request would trigger a personalized consultation with a representative of the district 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 through the Sac City Unified Constituent Services Office (CSO) by:

1) Submitting an online request form.

2) Mailing a request to:

Sacramento City Unified School District
Attn: Constituent Services
5735 47th Street
Sacramento, CA 95824

3) Calling the Constituent Services Office at (916) 643-9000.

The district will schedule a consultation within 30 days of submitting the form.​

Retention FAQs

Who can apply?

Parents and guardians of students who were in grades Kindergarten – 11 in the last school year would be eligible to make this request if their student received a D, F, or No Pass grade for at least one-half of their coursework in the 2020-2021 school year.

When would be the next step after a written request is submitted?

The district will schedule a personalized consultation within 30 days of submitting a written request to review and discuss all learning recovery options and supports that the student could access. 

If my student is retained, would they receive an extra year of athletic eligibility for high school sports?

According to California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Bylaw 204, students are eligible for 8 consecutive semesters of athletic participation.  “Once a student attends a class and is continuously enrolled for 15 school days that clock begins.”

In extremely rare circumstances, CIF can grant a hardship as described in CIF Bylaws 203 and 213.

If my student is currently in elementary or middle school, can retention affect their future high school sports eligibility?

Retention can affect future athletic eligibility. California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) has rules around the age of students and eligibility.  Please refer to CIF Bylaws 203 and 204 to read about the current age eligibility rules for high school sports.

Grade Changes
Process for High School Students to Change Grades to Pass/No Pass

Overview

AB 104 also provides a process for high school students to request that a letter grade they received in the 2020-2021 school year be changed to a Pass/No Pass grade. 

How to Request a Grade Change

There are two ways to request a grade change. The deadline for both methods is August 15, 2021. Any requests received after August 15, 2021 will no longer be considered.

1) Print and fill out the paper application (download PDF in EnglishEspañol / Spanish, Hmoob / Hmong, 中文 / Chinese and Tiếng Việt / Vietnamese) and mail it to: 

Sacramento City Unified School District
Attn: Constituent Services
5735 47th Street
Sacramento, CA 95824 

2) Fill out and submit an online web form. Available in English, Español / Spanish, Hmoob / Hmong, 中文 / Chinese and Tiếng Việt / Vietnamese).

Grade Changes FAQs

Who can request a grade change?

Families of high school students can request a Pass/No Pass grade change for specific classes or all classes in the 2020-2021 school year.

What postsecondary educational institutions will accept a Pass/No Pass grade instead of a letter grade?

The following postsecondary educational institutions will accept, for admission purposes, a transcript with a Pass or No Pass grade instead of a letter grade.

California State University Schools
  • California State University, Bakersfield
  • California State University Channel Islands
  • California State University, Chico
  • California State University, Dominguez Hills
  • California State University, East Bay
  • California State University, Fresno
  • California State University, Fullerton
  • Humboldt State University
  • California State University, Long Beach
  • California State University, Los Angeles
  • California State University Maritime Academy
  • California State University, Monterey Bay
  • California State University, Northridge
  • California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
  • California State University, Sacramento
  • California State University, San Bernardino
  • San Diego State University
  • San Francisco State University
  • San José State University
  • California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
  • California State University San Marcos
  • Sonoma State University
  • California State University, Stanislaus
University of California (UC) Schools
  • UC Berkeley
  • UC Davis
  • UC Irvine
  • UC Los Angeles
  • UC Merced
  • UC Riverside
  • UC San Diego
  • UC San Francisco
  • UC Santa Barbara
  • UC Santa Cruz
Private Universities
  • Saint Mary’s College of California
  • Holy Names University
  • Pitzer College
  • University of La Verne
  • Westmont College
  • Santa Clara University
  • University of Saint Katherine
  • University of Southern California
  • ArtCenter College of Design
  • California Baptist University
  • University of San Francisco
  • La Sierra University
  • Mount Saint Mary’s University
Source: https://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/gs/ps/ab104surveyresults.asp

What is the deadline to submit a grade change request?

A grade change request must be received by August 15, 2021. Any requests received after August 15, 2021 will no longer be considered.

When will submitted grade changes be made?

The district  will change the student’s transcript and notify families of the grade change within 15 days of receiving the change request.

Graduation Requirements Exception
Exemption for 2020-2021 Juniors and Seniors of District Graduation Requirements

Overview

Finally, 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 district’s 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

Sacramento City Unified will contact students eligible for this exemption. You do not need to contact the district or the school sites.