Lorena Gonzalez Bill Allowing Students to Recover from Lost Learning Time Approved by Assembly Education Committee

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SACRAMENTO – (Wednesday, Mar. 24, 2021) – Today, Assembly Education Committee unanimously approved with a bipartisan 5-0 vote Assembly Bill 104 by State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) to provide families with a menu of options – including opportunities for grade reconsideration, credit recovery, and grade retention – to help K-12 students recover from lost instruction time during the COVID-19 crisis.

"Even as our kids are headed back into the classroom, we know it's going to take much longer for students to catch up academically and for many to recover from a year of lost learning time," Assemblywoman Gonzalez said. "After this challenging year, AB 104 will provide students and parents with immediate, flexible options that allow their children the chance to get back on track."

Over the last year, California students have missed out on crucial learning time that could have long-term effects on their educational progress. Gonzalez’s AB 104 will hold California students harmless for this lost learning time and target recovery options that support students’ individual learning needs.

Retaking Grade Level 

AB 104 requires school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools to implement an interim policy regarding the ability for students to retake a grade. The bill requires that on or before July 1, 2021, parents be notified of their authority to request their student(s) retake their 2020–21 grade level for the 2021–22 academic year. 

Following the request, the local education agency (LEA) would consult with the parent, student and student’s teacher and consider academic data and any other information relevant to whether retention is in the student’s best interest, academically and socially. The requesting parent would be notified of the decision no later than Aug. 1, 2021. 

Student Grade Reconsideration

Students enrolled in high school during the 2020-21 school year would have the opportunity to change letter grades to a Pass or No Pass grade on the student’s transcript. A student’s GPA and ability to access to state financial aid for higher education would not be negatively affected. 

The bill would require the California State University system to accept the changed transcripts, and encourage private postsecondary institutions and the University of California to notify the CDE whether the institution will accept those changed transcripts in their admissions process.

5th Year of High School

Schools would be required to allow high school students, who are enrolled in their 3rd or 4th year of high school during the COVID-19 pandemic, to complete their high school graduation requirements, including an option to enroll 5th year of instruction if that would enable them to graduate with a high school diploma.

This expands existing law that currently allows this option for certain students, including students with migrant parents, formerly incarcerated students, children of military families, foster youth and newcomer students.

For questions or to schedule an interview with Assemblywoman Gonzalez, contact Shubhangi Domokos: shubhangi.domokos@asm.ca.gov