Senate File 30 - Introduced SENATE FILE 30 BY ZAUN A BILL FOR An Act relating to the Iowa core curriculum and content and 1 assessment standards for school districts and accredited 2 nonpublic schools and including effective date provisions. 3 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA: 4 TLSB 1264XS (4) 87 kh/rj
S.F. 30 Section 1. Section 256.7, subsection 21, paragraph b, 1 subparagraphs (2) and (3), Code 2017, are amended to read as 2 follows: 3 (2) Notwithstanding subparagraph (1), for the school year 4 beginning July 1, 2017, and each succeeding school year, the 5 rules shall provide that all students enrolled in school 6 districts in grades three through eleven shall be administered 7 an assessment during the last quarter of the school year that 8 at a minimum assesses the core academic indicators identified 9 in this paragraph “b” ; is aligned with the Iowa common core 10 content standards in both content and rigor; accurately 11 describes student achievement and growth for purposes of the 12 school, the school district, and state accountability systems; 13 and provides valid, reliable, and fair measures of student 14 progress toward college or career readiness. 15 (3) The director shall establish no later than July 1, 2017, 16 an assessment task force to review and make recommendations 17 for a statewide assessment of student progress on the core 18 academic indicators identified pursuant to this paragraph “b” . 19 The task force shall recommend a statewide assessment that is 20 aligned to the Iowa common core standards and is , at a minimum, 21 valid, reliable, tested, and piloted in Iowa. In addition, 22 in developing recommendations, the task force shall consider 23 the costs to school districts and the state in providing and 24 administering such an assessment and the technical support 25 necessary to implement the assessment. The task force shall 26 submit its recommendations in a report to the director, the 27 state board, and the general assembly by January 1, 2015 2018 . 28 The task force shall assist with the final development and 29 implementation of the assessment administered pursuant to 30 subparagraph (2). The task force members shall include but 31 not be limited to teachers, school administrators, business 32 leaders, representatives of state agencies, and members of the 33 general public. This subparagraph is repealed July 1, 2020. 34 Sec. 2. Section 256.7, subsection 21, paragraph c, Code 35 -1- LSB 1264XS (4) 87 kh/rj 1/ 7
S.F. 30 2017, is amended to read as follows: 1 c. A requirement that all school districts and accredited 2 nonpublic schools annually report to the department and the 3 local community the district-wide progress made in attaining 4 student achievement goals on the academic and other core 5 indicators and the district-wide progress made in attaining 6 locally established student learning goals. The school 7 districts and accredited nonpublic schools shall demonstrate 8 the use of multiple assessment measures in determining student 9 achievement levels. The school districts and accredited 10 nonpublic schools shall also report the number of students 11 who graduate; the number of students who drop out of school; 12 the number of students who are tested and the percentage of 13 students who are so tested annually; and the percentage of 14 students who graduated during the prior school year and who 15 completed a core curriculum . The board shall develop and 16 adopt uniform definitions consistent with the federal No Child 17 Left Behind Act of 2001, Pub. L. No. 107-110 and any federal 18 regulations adopted pursuant to the federal Act. The school 19 districts and accredited nonpublic schools may report on other 20 locally determined factors influencing student achievement. 21 The school districts and accredited nonpublic schools shall 22 also report to the local community their results by individual 23 attendance center. 24 Sec. 3. Section 256.7, subsection 26, paragraph a, 25 unnumbered paragraph 1, Code 2017, is amended to read as 26 follows: 27 Adopt rules that establish a core curriculum and high school 28 graduation requirements for all students in school districts 29 and accredited nonpublic schools that include at a minimum 30 satisfactory completion of four years of English and language 31 arts, three years of mathematics, three years of science, and 32 three years of social studies. 33 Sec. 4. Section 256.7, subsection 26, paragraph a, 34 subparagraph (3), Code 2017, is amended by striking the 35 -2- LSB 1264XS (4) 87 kh/rj 2/ 7
S.F. 30 subparagraph. 1 Sec. 5. Section 256.7, subsection 26, paragraphs b and c, 2 Code 2017, are amended by striking the paragraphs. 3 Sec. 6. Section 256.7, subsection 28, Code 2017, is amended 4 to read as follows: 5 28. Adopt a set of core content assessment standards 6 applicable to all students in kindergarten through grade twelve 7 in every school district and accredited nonpublic school. 8 For purposes of this subsection , “core content “assessment 9 standards” includes reading, mathematics, and science. The 10 core content standards shall be identical to the core content 11 standards included in Iowa’s approved 2006 standards and 12 assessment system under Tit. I of the federal Elementary 13 and Secondary Education Act of 1965, 20 U.S.C. §6301 et 14 seq., as amended by the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 15 2001, Pub. L. No. 107-110. School districts and accredited 16 nonpublic schools shall include, at a minimum, the core content 17 assessment standards adopted pursuant to this subsection in any 18 set of locally developed content standards. School districts 19 and accredited nonpublic schools are strongly encouraged to set 20 higher expectations in local standards. As changes in federal 21 law or regulation occur, the state board is authorized to amend 22 the core content assessment standards as appropriate. 23 Sec. 7. Section 256.9, subsection 49, paragraph a, Code 24 2017, is amended to read as follows: 25 a. Develop and distribute, in collaboration with the area 26 education agencies, core curriculum technical assistance and 27 implementation strategies that school districts and accredited 28 nonpublic schools shall may utilize, including but not limited 29 to the development and delivery of formative and end-of-course 30 model assessments classroom teachers may use to measure student 31 progress on the core curriculum adopted pursuant to section 32 256.7, subsection 26 . The department shall, in collaboration 33 with the advisory group convened in accordance with paragraph 34 “b” and educational assessment providers, identify and make 35 -3- LSB 1264XS (4) 87 kh/rj 3/ 7
S.F. 30 available to school districts end-of-course and additional 1 model end-of-course and additional assessments to align with 2 the expectations included in the Iowa core curriculum . The 3 model assessments shall be suitable to meet the multiple 4 assessment measures requirement specified in section 256.7, 5 subsection 21 , paragraph “c” . 6 Sec. 8. Section 256.42, subsection 6, Code 2017, is amended 7 to read as follows: 8 6. Coursework offered under the initiative shall be 9 rigorous and high quality, and the department shall annually 10 evaluate the quality of the courses and ensure that coursework 11 is aligned with the state’s core curriculum and core content 12 requirements and assessment standards adopted pursuant to 13 section 256.7, subsection 28 , as well as national standards 14 of quality for online courses issued by an internationally 15 recognized association for kindergarten through grade twelve 16 online learning. 17 Sec. 9. Section 257.11, subsection 9, Code 2017, is amended 18 to read as follows: 19 9. Shared classes and curriculum standards. A school 20 district shall ensure that any course made available to a 21 student through any sharing agreement between the school 22 district and a community college or any other entity providing 23 course programming pursuant to this section to students 24 enrolled in the school district meets the expectations 25 contained in the core curriculum adopted pursuant to section 26 256.7, subsection 26 . The school district shall ensure that 27 any course that has the capacity to generate college credit 28 shall be equivalent to college-level work. 29 Sec. 10. Section 260C.14, subsection 22, paragraph b, Code 30 2017, is amended to read as follows: 31 b. Collaborate with the state board of regents to meet 32 the requirements specified in section 262.9, subsection 33 , 33 including but not limited to developing a systematic process 34 for expanding academic discipline and meetings between the 35 -4- LSB 1264XS (4) 87 kh/rj 4/ 7
S.F. 30 community college faculty and faculty of the institutions 1 of higher education governed by the state board of regents, 2 developing criteria to prioritize core curriculum areas, 3 promoting greater awareness of articulation-related activities, 4 facilitating additional opportunities for individual 5 institutions to pursue program articulation agreements for 6 career and technical educational programs, and developing 7 and implementing a process to examine a minimum of eight 8 new associate of applied science degree programs for which 9 articulation agreements would serve students’ continued 10 academic success in those degree programs. 11 Sec. 11. Section 261E.9, subsection 2, paragraph b, Code 12 2017, is amended to read as follows: 13 b. A regional academy may include in its curriculum virtual 14 or internet-based coursework and courses delivered via the Iowa 15 communications network, career and technical courses, core 16 curriculum coursework, courses required pursuant to section 17 256.7, subsection 26 , or section 256.11, subsections 4 and 5 , 18 and asynchronous learning networks. 19 Sec. 12. Section 262.9, subsection 33, paragraph c, Code 20 2017, is amended by striking the paragraph. 21 Sec. 13. Section 279.61, subsection 1, paragraph a, 22 subparagraph (1), Code 2017, is amended to read as follows: 23 (1) Prepare the student for successful completion of the 24 core curriculum developed high school graduation requirements 25 adopted by the state board of education pursuant to section 26 256.7, subsection 26 , by the time the student graduates from 27 high school. 28 Sec. 14. Section 279.61, subsection 2, Code 2017, is amended 29 to read as follows: 30 2. The board of directors of each school district shall 31 report annually to each student enrolled in grades nine through 32 twelve in the school district, and, if the student is under 33 the age of eighteen, to each student’s parent or guardian, the 34 student’s progress toward meeting the goal of successfully 35 -5- LSB 1264XS (4) 87 kh/rj 5/ 7
S.F. 30 completing the core curriculum and high school graduation 1 requirements adopted by the state board of education pursuant 2 to section 256.7, subsection 26 , and toward achieving the goals 3 of the student’s career and academic plan. 4 Sec. 15. Section 280.3, subsection 2, Code 2017, is amended 5 to read as follows: 6 2. The minimum educational program shall be the curriculum 7 graduation requirements set forth in subsection 3 of this 8 section 256.7, subsection 26, and educational program set forth 9 in section 256.11 , except as otherwise provided by law. The 10 board of directors of a public school district shall not allow 11 discrimination in any educational program on the basis of race, 12 color, creed, sex, marital status, or place of national origin. 13 Sec. 16. Section 280.3, subsection 3, Code 2017, is amended 14 by striking the subsection. 15 Sec. 17. EFFECTIVE UPON ENACTMENT. This Act, being deemed 16 of immediate importance, takes effect upon enactment. 17 EXPLANATION 18 The inclusion of this explanation does not constitute agreement with 19 the explanation’s substance by the members of the general assembly. 20 This bill eliminates requirements and references to the 21 (Iowa) common core or core curriculum and to core content 22 standards, but continues to direct the state board of education 23 to adopt high school graduation requirements and assessment 24 standards. 25 Provisions directing school districts to cooperate with 26 each eighth grade student on a core curriculum plan to meet 27 core curriculum requirements are amended to replace “core 28 curriculum plan” with “graduation plan” and “core curriculum 29 requirements” with “high school graduation requirements”. The 30 term “core content standards”, which was used to describe the 31 assessment standards adopted by the state board, is replaced 32 with the term “assessment standards”. The assessment standards 33 will remain applicable to all students in kindergarten through 34 grade 12 in every school district and accredited nonpublic 35 -6- LSB 1264XS (4) 87 kh/rj 6/ 7
S.F. 30 school. Corresponding changes are made throughout the Code, 1 and obsolete language is eliminated. 2 The bill takes effect upon enactment. 3 -7- LSB 1264XS (4) 87 kh/rj 7/ 7