August 2021

Need a Grade Bump?

California Law Allows Students to Improve Grades after Disrupted Learning Last Year

By Susan Tatsui-D’Arcy

Finally, we’re facing the fact that students fell behind with all of the disruptions caused by the pandemic last year. In California, K-12 students have several ways to make up for the lost learning.

1. Repeat the Grade

For students who didn’t pass at least half of their classes.

2. Replace Bad Grades with Pass/Fail

For high school students only. California State Universities will accept these Pass/Fail grades. The University of California and private schools are encouraged to do the same.

3. Take a 5th Year

For 11th and 12th grade students who need more time to complete their high school graduation requirements.

Not surprisingly, the majority of the students who fell behind during the transition to online learning were low-income and minority groups. Students with the financial means had the opportunity to hire tutors to supplement gaps in learning.

Now that schools are planning to reopen on campus this fall, students will enjoy face-to-face instruction and socializing with peers. Hoping that 2021-2022 is a great year for all students and teachers.

Susan Tatsui-D’Arcy is the founder of Merit Academy (one-on-one classes) and Merit Educational Consultants (college and educational advisory). She has written books on projects, free child care, education, and parenting. Susan hosts TEDxMeritAcademy for students to present their innovative projects and solutions. In 2019, she was the California Mother of the Year.

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