Act 66 - Student Grade Level Retainment Information

  • One June 30, the General Assembly passed legislation that will allow parents and students new options concerning the upcoming 2021-2022 school term. Parents of students with disabilities who attained age 21 during the 2020-2021 school term or who will attain age 21 during this summer can elect an additional year of education during 2021-2022. Parents of all students, and students themselves if they are 18, can elect retention during the 2021-2022 school term at the grade level they were in during the 2020-2021 school term. 

    Forms for making either of these elections are available on the website of the Pennsylvania Department of Education at https://www.education.pa.gov. Forms must be downloaded, completed, and submitted to Meghan Dennis, Director of Pupil Services, at MDennis@dasd.org by 4:00 P.M. on July 15, 2021.

Eligibility & Academic Implication

    • Students who met graduation requirements set forth by the school district, and in accordance with Chapter 4 of the PA school code, are not eligible to re-enroll for an additional year. 

    • Act 66 allows a student to “repeat a grade level.” This means your child will repeat the grade level curriculum they received during the 2020-2021 school year. 
      • For an elementary or middle school student (K-8), this means remaining in the same grade level for the 2021-2022 school year with the same curriculum, but does not guarantee the same teacher(s). 
      • For a high school student (9-12), this means that credits received for the 2020-2021 school year will be voided and the student will repeat the courses they took during the 2020-2021 school year and receive credit based solely on completion of course requirements during the 2021-2022 school year. 

    • Special education students who will not attain the age of 21 during the 2021-2022 school year will continue to receive special education services based on their goals and progress. IDEA regulations remain in effect for these students; this includes annual IEP meetings, continuation of evaluation schedule, progress monitoring, ESY determinations, etc. 

    • Special education students who have attained the age of 21 prior to the start of the 2021-2022 school year will be eligible for an additional year of programming with implementation of the most recent IEP with all of the protections under IDEA. This eligibility will extend through ESY 2022.

Athletic Implications

    • Act 66 does not provide an additional year of eligibility for athletics. Students will only have 4 years of athletic participation even if they elect to repeat a grade level through Act 66.

PDE Links

  • PDE Act 66 Retainment Form
  • PDE Information and FAQs