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State Allows Parents Option for Child to Repeat a Course or Grade

The State Legislature has passed a bill (SB 1697) that allows parents/guardians to choose if they would like their child to repeat a grade or retake a high school course. The decision was made given the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic throughout the 2020-2021 school year.

For students who are in Pre-K through 3rd grade, the legislation gives parents/guardians the right to opt for one of the following choices regarding their child:

  1. repeat Pre-K;
  2. enroll in Pre-K if the child was eligible to enroll in Pre-K in the previous school year, under TEC, §29.153(b), and has not yet enrolled in kindergarten;
  3. repeat kindergarten;
  4. enroll in kindergarten if the child would have enrolled in kindergarten in the previous school year and has not yet enrolled in first grade*; and
  5. for grades one through three, repeat the grade the student was enrolled in the previous school year.

For the 2021-2022 school year only, parents/guardians of students in 4th grade or higher will also have the right to opt for one of the following choices regarding their child:

  1. for grades four through eight, repeat the grade the student was enrolled in during the 2020-2021 school year; and
  2. for courses taken for high school credit, repeat any course in which the student was enrolled during the 2020-2021 school year.

Again, for students in grades 4 and above, this option exists only for the 2021-22 school year. Also, there are many factors that parents/guardians should consider when deciding if retaining their child is the best option.

Parents/Guardians of children in junior high and high school should consider how retaining their child could affect the child’s eligibility for extracurricular and UIL activities. The UIL will treat all students retained by parents/guardians the same as a retention by the school. This means students who would repeat 7th or 8th grade would be considered ineligible for the first 6 weeks of the school year. Students repeating 9th-11th grade would still be subject to the age rule and four-year rule, and they must meet the minimum requirement for credits for their grade in order to meet UIL eligibility requirements.

Angleton ISD parents/guardians who are interested in choosing one of the retention options above regarding their child should contact the AISD Curriculum Department at 979-864-8036 as soon as possible. School personnel will set up a meeting to evaluate the student’s academic plan and begin the process.

The final decision as to whether a student needs to repeat a course or grade in the upcoming school year is now a parent’s/guardian’s to make, though schools can provide input to further inform that decision.

Parents/Guardians can contact the AISD Curriculum Department at 979-864-8036 if they have questions, and more information related to these options is available on the following TEA webpages: