Senate Bill 1697

The 87th Texas Legislature, Regular Session passed Senate Bill (SB)1697, which amends state law to allow parents and guardians to elect for a student to repeat a grade or retake a high school course, per Texas Education Code (TEC) 28.02124.  The legislation, which went into effect on June 16, 2021, gives parents or guardians the right to opt for their child to - 
1. repeat prekindergarten;
2. enroll 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; 
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 or guardians have the right to opt for their child --
6. for grades four through eight, repeat the grade the student was enrolled in during the 2020-2021 school year; and 
7. for courses taken for high school credit, repeat any course in which the student was enrolled during the 2020-2021 school year. 
The Texas Education Agency has created two web pages related to these options.  Parents or guardians are required to notify the school district in writing if they elect for their child to retake a grade level or course. A school district may disagree with a parent who elects to have their child retake a grade level or course. If the school district disagrees, the district must convene a retention committee and meet with the parent or guardian to discuss the proposed retention. After the parent or guardian has participated in the retention committee meeting, the parent or guardian will decide if the student will be retained. The district will honor the parent or guardian's decision. 

If your child successfully completed high school courses, and credits were awarded, please contact your child's high school counselor for more information. Repeating a course or grade level may have eligibility implications regulated by University Interscholastic League (UIL) and the NCAA Eligibility Center. 

If you like for your student to repeat a grade level or a course, complete the written request form and submit it to your child's principal as soon as possible. 


TEA Formal Request To Repeat A Grade

Download Letter Here