Student Grade Retention - AB104 » El Monte City School District AB104 Information

El Monte City School District AB104 Information

On Thursday, July 1, 2021, Governor Newsom signed Assembly Bill 104 into law, and we’d like to provide you with important information on how this legislation may relate to El Monte City School District students.
In preparation for the 2021-22 school year, students will be eligible for a retention consultation if they received a grade of 1’s (Not meeting/student performance demonstrates minimal understanding that is far below grade level standards) for at least one-half of their coursework in 2020-21 and their parents are interested in holding them back a grade level. This temporary retention policy is in addition to any existing district retention policies.

Parents/guardians of eligible students must request the retention consultation in writing no later than August 23, 2021 by completing the AB 104 Retention Consultation Request Form. Districts then have 30 calendar days to hold the consultation and 10 calendar days after that meeting to issue a final decision.
How to Request Retention Consultation
If you would like to request a retention consultation for your “eligible pupil” (a pupil who has received 1’s for at least one-half of the pupil’s coursework in the 2020-21 academic year), please follow these steps:
  1. Review the Frequently Asked Questions below
  2. Click on the link AB 104 Retention Consultation Request form: AB 104 Retention Consultation Request Form
  3. You will be contacted and a consultation meeting will be held within 30 calendar days after submitting your request
Students in grades K-11 that are eligible pupils. An “eligible pupil” is defined as a student who received deficient grades for at least one-half of the student’s coursework in the 2020-2021 academic year.

K-8 = 1’s (Not meeting / student performance demonstrates minimal understanding that is far below grade level standards)
The consultation meeting must be held within 30 calendar days after receiving a written request for an “eligible pupil.”
You will be notified within 10 calendar days of the consultation of the final determination. The notice will be on Parent Square.
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.
Below are some studies about the effects of pupil retention.
  • Jimerson, Shane, Sarah M. Woehr, and Amber M. Kaufman. 2007. Grade Retention and Promotion: Information for Parents (PDF). Bethesda, Maryland: National Association for School Psychologists (accessed April 28, 2016).
    • Grade retention is one of the most powerful predictors of high school dropout. In adolescence, retained students are more likely to experience problems such as poor interactions with peers, disliking school, behavior problems, and lower self-esteem.
  • Learning Disabilities Association. 1998. To Promote or Retain? Pittsburgh, PA:Learning Disabilities Association (accessed July 6, 2015).
    • The weight of the evidence of literally hundreds of studies shows that retaining children does not produce higher achievement. Rather than flunking students, schools should provide high quality instruction for children who find learning difficult.
  • Thompson, C. and E. Cunningham. 2000. Retention and Social Promotion: Research and Implications for Policy (PDF). ERIC Digest Number 161 (accessed July 6, 2015).
    • Retaining students, regardless of the grade at which they are retained, increases the likelihood that they will drop out of school. Consistent with the Chicago findings, the advantage for retained students declined each year and disappeared altogether after three years.
For more information or question regarding AB104 and student grade retention, please call (626) 453-3741