Deadline Extended for High School Students to Change Pandemic Grades to “Pass or No Pass”

School districts will accept grade change requests at least through October 1st

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SACRAMENTO – (September 23, 2021) – Today, Governor Gavin Newsom signed legislation extending the deadline to October 1st for high school students to change letter grades received during the 2020-2021 to “Pass” or “No Pass” – a new option recently provided to families under Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez’s (D-San Diego) urgency law, Assembly Bill 104. School districts can also decide to extend their own deadlines to accept grade change requests beyond October 1st. 

“High school students shouldn’t have their college admissions or financial aid jeopardized because of one or two poor grades during COVID that setback their GPA,” Assemblywoman Gonzalez (D-San Diego) said. “Given how many students could really benefit from this, we worked quickly to extend the deadline to ensure parents and high school students have more time to make use of the ‘Pass/No Pass’ option and update their transcripts.”

AB 104 allows struggling high school students to change their letter grades received during the 2020-2021 school year to a “Pass" or “No Pass” designation on their transcript, preventing their GPA from being negatively affected so students are not at a disadvantage for college admissions and still retain eligibility for financial aid. 

School districts must allow high school students to submit their grade change requests at least through October 1st. School districts also have the ability to extend the deadline for grade change requests even further if they choose. Once a district receives a grade change request, they are required to update a student’s transcript and notify the family of the change within 15 days.  

California State University (CSU) system and University of California (UC) will accept transcripts with Pass/No Pass grades to determine admission for any students enrolled in high school during the 2020-2021 school year. A list of private universities that have agreed to accept transcripts with Pass/No Pass grades for admissions is also available on the California Department of Education’s website. 

For questions on AB 104 or to schedule an interview with Assemblywoman Gonzalez, contact Mike Blount: Mike.Blount@asm.ca.gov