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Retention

Interim Retention 2-21-22 Only

Education Code section 48071, as part of Assembly Bill (AB) 104, establishes an interim retention process, applicable only to eligible pupils who were enrolled in Corning Union Elementary schools in grades K-7 during the 2020-2021 school year. An “eligible pupil” is defined as a pupil who has received deficient grades for at least one-half of the pupil’s coursework in the 2020–21 academic year.  For purposes of this policy, a deficient grade is a D, F, or a No Pass at the secondary level, or 1s at the elementary level, as determined by the District. Parents, which include the natural or adoptive parent or guardian, the person having legal custody or other education rights holder, or a student who is age 18 or older, may request retention under this process.  This policy is only in effect for the 2021-2022 school year.

How to Request a Retention Conference

A parent, which includes the natural or adoptive parent or guardian, the person having legal custody, or other educational rights holder, may request an application for retention for an eligible pupil. The interim retention process is as follows:

  1. If a parent wishes to request retention for an eligible pupil, the parent may submit their request in writing or by using the Interim Retention Policy Application form.

  2. Within thirty (30) calendar days of the parent’s request, the school shall offer consultation to the parent.  The consultation shall include the following information:  

    • Discussion of all available learning recovery options, including both of the following:

      • Specific interventions and supports for the student.

      • Access to prior semester courses in which the pupil received a D or F letter grade in the 2020-21 academic year, some other form of credit recovery, or other available supports.

    • Consideration of the pupil's academic data and any other information relevant to whether retention is in the pupil's best interests, academically and socially.

    • Discussion about research on the effects of pupil retention and the types of interventions and supports that have been shown to be beneficial to pupils.

  3. Within ten (10) calendar days of the consultation, the parent will be notified of the District's decision.  If the decision is to retain, the pupil shall also be offered supplemental interventions and supports.  If the decision is not to retain, the pupil shall be offered specific interventions and supports as well as access to prior semester courses in which the pupil received a D or F letter grade in the 2020-21 academic year, some other form of credit recovery, or other available supports.

Eligible Students

A student enrolled in kindergarten through 7th grade in 2020-21 who has received deficient grades for at least one-half of the student’s coursework in 2020-21.

  • “Deficient grade” is defined as receiving a D, F, a No Pass, or an equivalent as determined by the local educational agency.

Notes:

Parents and guardians should note that research on retention “does not produce higher achievement” according to the California Department of Education. Further, pupil retention is one of the few interventions shown to have a negative effect on learning.