AB 104 Grade Change for Grades 9-12th in 2020-21

Monday, August 9th, 2021 - Posted in All District News District Communications

AB 104 Grade Change for Grades 9-12th in 2020-21

On July 1, 2021, Governor Newsom signed Assembly Bill 104 (AB-104) into law. AB-104 provides learning recovery options for students who struggled with low grades as a result of distance learning during the pandemic.

There are two main provisions of the law that families may consider:

Provision #1: Letter Grade to Pass or No Pass Change Option

One provision allows students enrolled in a Piedmont and Millennium High School course during the 2020-21 school year to select to replace a letter grade with a Pass or No Pass designation with no negative impact on their GPA.

Any grade from an A through a D can be changed to a “Pass.”

Students with an F grade can select a “No Pass” (and will still not receive the course units) and will receive an additional communication from their school regarding remediating the course(s).

The process of changing a grade requires that students complete the following Grade Change Application.

Students should submit an individual Application for Fall semester, Spring semester, and summer, as applicable, and they should indicate the Grade Level they were in during the 2020-21 school year. Completed Applications must be signed by a parent/guardian and should be submitted to Ellen Fraser, PHS Counseling Office, or by email to efraser@piedmont.k12.ca.us

It is important for students and families to know that some postsecondary educational institutions, including those in other states, may not accept a Pass or No Pass grade instead of a letter grade for admission purposes. The California Department of Education website will list institutions that will accept Pass or No Pass grades in their admissions process.

***The Pass/No Pass designation option available to PHS and MHS students has been extended. The PHS Counseling office will accept Grade Change Applications through May 1, 2022, for students who earned a grade of D or below during the 2020-21 school year.

Grade Change Application Form

Provision #2: Retention

The bill requires PUSD, 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, including 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 the research on the effects of pupil retention, including the research on retention collected by the CDE that retention “does not produce higher achievement.” 

Retention Forms

To request a consultation for retention for a student in grades K-11, please complete this Parent TK-5 Request for Retention or Parent 6-11 Request for Retention (download form to your computer, save, then fill out). This form should be sent to the principal of the school that the student attended during the 2020-2021 school year.


Additional Piedmont Unified School District Board Policies and Administrative Regulations: PUSD BP 5123 and AR 5123.

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