AB-104 Pupil Instruction: Retention
Only for Students in Grades K-11 in 2020-2021
California Assembly Bill AB 104 requires California school districts to implement a supplemental policy regarding the retention of pupils who, in the 2020–21 academic year, received deficient grades, as specified, for at least 1/2 of the pupil’s coursework, except for pupils enrolled in grade 12 during 2020–21. For elementary students, a deficient grade is considered “significantly below standards” in several areas as noted on the report card. At the secondary level, a deficient grade is a D, F, a No Credit (NC), or No Pass (NP). The bill requires Castro Valley Unified School District (CVUSD), within 30 calendar days of receiving a written retention consultation request from a parent, to conduct the consultation with the parent, the pupil, the administrator, and a teacher to discuss all available learning recovery options. These options may include access to retake prior semester courses where the student received the deficient grades, and other interventions and supports. The school or district must notify the parent/guardian within 10 calendar days of the consultation of their final decision regarding the retention request.
Parents and guardians should note that research on retention “does not produce higher achievement” according to the California Department of Education. Further, pupil retention is one of the few interventions shown to have a negative effect on learning.
To request a consultation for retention for a student in grades K-11, please complete one of the forms below. The form should then be sent to contact the principal of the school that your student attended during the 2020-2021 school year.
CVUSD Board Policy 5123: Promotion/Acceleration/Retention
CVUSD Administrative Regulation 5123: Promotion/Acceleration/Retention