New law that allows students to repeat pandemic grade level has few takers

Written by on July 22, 2021

New law that allows students to repeat pandemic grade level has few takers

By Chloe Nouvelle
July 22, 2021

Photo by Pragyan Bezbaruah from Pexels

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A new law titled Act 66 made repeating the pandemic school year an option for K-12 students in Pennsylvania, even if they had passing grades.

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The law was signed by Gov. Tom Wolf late last month. Families that wanted to opt-in had to file forms by July 15. 

However, it appears few students are taking advantage of the law. 

The Bethlehem Area School District said it received four Act 66 forms. In the East Penn School District, officials reported receiving nine Act 66 forms. Parkland School District reported the highest number of forms to WLVR, with 17. 

But some school districts already have a significant number of students repeating classes they failed last year. 

Last month, Bethlehem Area School District’s superintendent said his high schools saw a 68% increase in students failing two or more core subjects, like math or English. 

WLVR is still waiting on the Allentown School District to release this year’s failure rates.

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