House File 154 - Introduced



                                       HOUSE FILE       
                                       BY  WINCKLER

                                       (COMPANION TO LSB 1884SS
                                        BY WOOD)


    Passed House, Date               Passed Senate,  Date             
    Vote:  Ayes        Nays           Vote:  Ayes        Nays         
                 Approved                            

                                      A BILL FOR

  1 An Act requiring a study by the department of education relating
  2    to implementation of a statewide student information system.
  3 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA:
  4 TLSB 1884HH 82
  5 ak/je/5

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  1  1    Section 1.  STATEWIDE STUDENT INFORMATION SYSTEM == STUDY.
  1  2 The department of education shall conduct a study regarding
  1  3 the development of a statewide student information system.
  1  4 The objective of the system would be to develop and maintain a
  1  5 statewide database of information relating to a student's
  1  6 identity, educational history, academic performance,
  1  7 achievements, honors, disciplinary actions, and any other
  1  8 information, including medical and social service=related
  1  9 information, to be provided as established by rule or
  1 10 determined relevant by the school district submitting the
  1 11 information to the database.  The goal of the system would be
  1 12 to facilitate the transfer of information regarding a student
  1 13 from one grade, educational institution, or school district to
  1 14 another, thereby enhancing the likelihood of a smooth
  1 15 transition for the student into a new educational environment,
  1 16 and assisting school administration officials in providing the
  1 17 best possible environment for maximizing the student's
  1 18 academic and interpersonal success and identifying in advance
  1 19 potential issues of concern.  In conducting the study, the
  1 20 department shall obtain and evaluate information relating to
  1 21 similar systems in other states, and shall address the merits
  1 22 of such a system, the feasibility of implementing the system,
  1 23 and potential confidentiality issues and a procedure for
  1 24 addressing them.  The department shall submit a report to the
  1 25 general assembly by January 15, 2008, regarding its findings
  1 26 and conclusions.
  1 27                           EXPLANATION
  1 28    This bill requires the department of education to conduct a
  1 29 study relating to the development of a statewide student
  1 30 information system.
  1 31    The bill provides that the objective of the system would be
  1 32 to develop and maintain a statewide database of specified
  1 33 information relating to a student, with the goal of
  1 34 facilitating the transfer of information regarding a student
  1 35 from one grade, educational institution, or school district to
  2  1 another, thereby enhancing the student's chances for academic
  2  2 and interpersonal success in making the transition and
  2  3 assisting school administration officials in helping the
  2  4 student and identifying in advance potential issues of
  2  5 concern.  In conducting the study, the bill states that the
  2  6 department shall analyze information relating to similar
  2  7 systems in other states, and shall address the merits of such
  2  8 a system, the feasibility of implementing the system, and
  2  9 potential confidentiality issues.  A report of findings and
  2 10 conclusions shall be submitted by the department to the
  2 11 general assembly by January 15, 2008.
  2 12 LSB 1884HH 82
  2 13 ak:nh/je/5