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How To Appeal A Student’s Grade In California


Student grade appeals can be filed

Last Updated on October 28, 2021 by Michelle Ball

By Michelle Ball, Sacramento California Expulsion, Special Education, sports/CIF, College, Education and School Attorney/Lawyer for Students since 1995

Have you ever felt that a high school, elementary or middle school grade was wrong in a particular class or that a student was graded unfairly on their classwork or examinations?  California law has a solution for parents!

The Law Supports Student Grade Appeals

Per California Education Code section 49066, the teacher determines the final grade for a student.  However the grade can be challenged for:

– Clerical mistake
–  Fraud
–  Bad faith, or
–  Incompetency

If one of these can be shown, the Superintendent or Board of Education for the school can overturn a student grade. The teacher, however, is “to the extent practicable” to be included in discussions regarding the grade, and to be allowed to state orally or in writing, the reasons the student’s grade was issued.


I have seen many bad teachers in my time, unfortunately, who may issue student grades improperly.  If a student grade is impacted because the teacher was incompetent, is discriminatory, is based on whim or fancy, or another error exists,  it can be appealed via the grade appeal process.  With college scholarships and university admission on the line, challenging a student grade can be a wise thing to pursue if there is a legitimate basis.

If you disagree with a student’s grade, don’t sit on your rights: challenge it.  Your reward may be a correct grade and a higher grade point average (gpa) for the student.


Student grade appeal lawyer Michelle Ball helps parents and students with unfair grading, grade challenges, and grade appeals to schools and school boards. Attorney Michelle Ball has an office in Sacramento, California but can assist parents and students across the state, in places such as Roseville, Folsom, Woodland, Yuba City, Modesto, Burbank, Sherman Oaks, Fair Oaks, Fremont and many other locations.