Given the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic throughout the 2020-2021 school year, the Texas Legislature passed SB 1697. This Senate Bill gives parents/caregivers the opportunity to determine whether their child should repeat a grade or retake a high school course, including:
- repeating prekindergarten;
- enrolling in prekindergarten if the child was eligible to enroll in prekindergarten in the previous school year, under TEC, §29.153(b), and has not yet enrolled in kindergarten;
- repeating kindergarten;
- enrolling in kindergarten if the child would have enrolled in kindergarten in the previous school year and has not yet enrolled in first grade*; and
- for grades one through three, repeating the grade the student was enrolled in the previous school year.
The following pertains only to the 2021-2022 school year:
- for grades four through eight, repeating the grade the student was enrolled in during the 2020-2021 school year; and
- for courses taken for high school credit, repeating any course in which the student was enrolled during the 2020-2021 school year.
Parents or guardians are required to notify the campus in writing if they elect for their child to retake a grade level or course.
It is important to note that:
- The option is permanent. If a child repeats a grade, this decision cannot be reversed later for any reason.
- If a high school student received a passing grade for the course they will repeat, they will keep their original grade on their transcript.
- If a student performed satisfactorily on the associated STAAR end-of-course tests for a course they are retaking, they are not required to retake the STAAR end-of-course exam.
If parents/caregivers decide that it is best for their child to repeat a grade or course, they must inform their school in writing by Friday, August 20.