AB104 Grade Change Requirement Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

AB104 Grade Change Requirement FAQs

What is the AB104 Grade Change Requirement?

Students who were in grades 9-12 in 2020-2021 can apply to have a letter grade changed to Pass/No Pass.  The request shall be granted by the district and will not be limited to certain courses or affect GPA.

The original application deadline was August 14, 2021. On September 23, 2021, Governor Newsom signed legislation to allow districts to extend this deadline. All new requests are due by October 22, 2021. 

See AB104 Grades Notice to students/families for more information. 

What if I missed the deadline?

The original application deadline was August 14, 2021.

On September 23, 2021, Governor Newsom signed legislation to allow districts to extend this deadline.

All new requests are due by October 22, 2021!

How does changing letter grades to pass/no pass affect the GPA?

Pass/no pass grades are not calculated into a student's GPA. Changing a course(s) grade from letter grades to pass/no pass will remove that course from being calculated into the GPA. 

Do all grades for the semester have to be changed?

No, students/families can choose the courses from the 2020-2021 school year to have changed to pass/no pass.

What letter grades get a pass vs. no pass?

Letter grades A-D = Pass, F= No Pass

Where will the grades be changed?

Grades will be changed on the student’s official transcript in Synergy. New copies of the transcript printed or requested will show the new grades. Grades will not be changed on report cards.

How does changing letter grades to pass/no pass affect college admissions?

These postsecondary educational institutions will accept, for admission purposes, a transcript with a Pass or No Pass grade instead of a letter grade.

Please note 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. Check college/universities websites that are not on the above list to see if they accept pass/no pass for admission during the 2020-2021 school year

Below is from the UC Website:

Pass (P) or Credit (CR) grades earned in spring, summer, and fall 2020, as well as spring and summer 2021, will meet A-G requirements for any student who was enrolled in high school during the 2019-20 and 2020-21 academic years. This includes students currently enrolled in 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grades.

Our campus admission offices are mindful of the many obstacles students and schools alike are currently facing. Nonetheless, UC strongly encourages potential applicants to take, whenever possible, A-G courses for letter grades, especially those in English and mathematics, as well as those in prospective major fields.

If a parent changes a student’s letter grade(s) to pass/no pass and finds out that the college/university will not accept pass/no pass can they change it back to letter grades?

Yes, parents may request to change the pass/no pass grades back to letter grades if there is a negative effect on college admission. Students/parents should speak with their school site counselor if they are concerned about the impact of pass/no pass on college admissions. Students/parents have until June 1, 2022 to decide if they will change the pass/no pass back to a letter grade.  

Can parents/students change letter grades to a pass/no pass later in the school year?

No, all requests for letter grades to be changed to pass/no pass must be completed by the updated deadline October 22, 2021.

Who can parents/students talk to about this decision?

If a student/family is unsure of the decision, they should schedule an appointment with the students' school counselors. In addition, parents/guardians can request to have the grades changed to pass/no pass to meet the deadline, then make an appointment with their student’s school counselor during the 2021-2022 school year to discuss the impact of the changing letter grades to pass/no pass. If the student/family decides they do not want the pass/no pass, they can request the grades to be changed back to letter grades by June 1st, 2022.

How will parents/students know the grades have been changed?

After the grade change request is processed, no later than 15 calendar days after receipt of the application, a confirmation email will be sent to the requestor that will include a copy of the transcript with the grade changes.