Information for the 2023-2024 summer and school year.
Guidance Related to HB 3803:
UIL is issuing guidance related to the passage of HB 3803, which amended section 28.02124 of the Texas Education Code, allowing parents and guardians to elect for a student to repeat a grade up to grade eight (previously this section of the Code only applied up to grade three), and its impact on UIL rules.
Section 28.02124 (Parental Option for Student Retention) of the Texas Education Code also includes the following:
(h) Except as provided by this section or other law, retention of a student pursuant to a parent's or guardian's election under this section shall be considered the same as retention of a student by a school district or open-enrollment charter school.
HB 3803 does impact student eligibility rules for students in the seventh and eighth grades. It does NOT impact any eligibility rules for high school students.
Seventh and Eighth Grade Students:
For the 2023-24 school year and beyond, a student in the seventh or eighth grade who repeats a grade under the provisions of this bill is treated in the same manner as a student who is retained by the school. The prohibition on repeating one of these grades for athletic purposes would NO LONGER apply to a student repeating seventh or eighth grade under the provisions of TEC 28.02124.
Section 411(a) of the UIL Constitution and Contest Rules, relating to eligibility for the first six weeks of the school year, still applies to students repeating seventh or eighth grade under these provisions:
Section 411: CREDIT REQUIREMENTS FOR ELIGIBILITY DURING FIRST SIX WEEKS
The standards below determine academic eligibility for the first six weeks of the school year. Student in non-compliance may request a hardship appeal of their academic eligibility through the UIL.
(a) Grades Nine and Below. Students must have been promoted from the previous grade. (Refer to Official Interpretation 01-09-18 and 05-09-01 a Appendix I).
Thus, any student repeating the seventh or eighth grade under the provisions of TEC 28.02124 would NOT be eligible for UIL activities for the first six weeks of the school year. If passing all classes at the end of the first six weeks, these students could regain academic eligibility following the seven calendar day grace period.
High School Students:
Students in ninth grade and above are still subject to UIL eligibility rules. The age rule, four-year rule, and requirements for academic eligibility for the first six weeks of the school year are unchanged by this legislation. All of these rules can be found in Subchapter M of the UIL Constitution and Contest Rules. ALL OF THESE RULE STILL APPLY.
2023-2024 Updated Manuals:
2023-2024 Updated Policy Documents can be found at: Policy and Administration
- 23-24 Orientation Letter
- 23-24 DEC Handbook
- 23-24 TEA-UIL Side-by-Side
- 23-24 UIL Constitution & Contest Rules
Legislative Council Meeting Results
Legislative Council meeting information and results from the June 2023 meeting can be found here: