House File 428 - Introduced HOUSE FILE 428 BY SALMON , GASSMAN , SHIPLEY , WHEELER , GUSTAFSON , OSMUNDSON , FISHER , and HOLT A BILL FOR An Act relating to the core curriculum and twenty-first century 1 learning skills adopted or defined by the state board of 2 education. 3 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA: 4 TLSB 1121YH (3) 88 kh/jh
H.F. 428 Section 1. Section 256.7, subsection 26, paragraph a, Code 1 2019, is amended to read as follows: 2 a. Adopt rules that establish a the following: 3 (1) A core curriculum and high . However, neither the state 4 board nor the department shall require school districts or 5 accredited nonpublic schools to adopt the core curriculum, 6 or require a specific textbook, textbook series, or specific 7 instructional methodology, or acquire specific textbooks, 8 curriculum materials, or educational products from a specific 9 vendor. 10 (a) The state board shall not adopt, and the department 11 shall not authorize or require, statewide core social studies 12 standards for kindergarten through grade twelve. This 13 prohibition shall not be construed to limit the state board’s 14 or the department’s authority relating to the accreditation of 15 school districts and nonpublic schools under section 256.11. 16 (b) The core curriculum science standards shall be the 17 science standards utilized by school districts in this state 18 during the 2014-2015 school year. The state board shall submit 19 future revisions to the core curriculum science standards to 20 the general assembly for approval, modification, or rejection, 21 and the state board shall not adopt such revisions unless 22 specifically authorized by a constitutional majority of each 23 house of the general assembly and approved by the governor. 24 (2) High school graduation requirements for all students in 25 school districts and accredited nonpublic schools that include 26 at a minimum satisfactory completion of four years of English 27 and language arts, three years of mathematics, three years of 28 science, and three years of social studies. The rules 29 (1) The rules establishing high school graduation 30 requirements shall provide do all of the following: 31 (a) Provide that any student, at any grade level, 32 who satisfactorily completes a high school-level unit of 33 instruction at a school accredited under section 256.11 has 34 satisfactorily completed a unit of the high school graduation 35 -1- LSB 1121YH (3) 88 kh/jh 1/ 5
H.F. 428 requirements for that area of instruction and the school 1 district or accredited nonpublic school of enrollment shall 2 issue high school credit for the unit to the student unless 3 the student is unable to demonstrate proficiency or the 4 school district or accredited nonpublic school determines that 5 the course unit completed by the student does not meet the 6 school district’s or accredited nonpublic school’s standards, 7 as appropriate. If a student is denied credit under this 8 subparagraph division , the school district or accredited 9 nonpublic school denying credit shall provide to the student’s 10 parent or guardian in writing the reason for the denial. 11 (2) (b) The rules shall allow Authorize a school district 12 or accredited nonpublic school to award high school credit 13 to an enrolled student upon the demonstration of required 14 competencies for a course or content area , as approved by a 15 teacher licensed under chapter 272 . The school district or 16 accredited nonpublic school shall determine the assessment 17 methods by which a student demonstrates sufficient evidence of 18 the required competencies. 19 (3) The rules establishing a A core curriculum shall 20 address addressing the core content standards in subsection 28 21 and the skills and knowledge students need to be successful 22 in the twenty-first century. The core curriculum shall 23 include social studies and twenty-first century learning 24 skills which include , including but are not limited to civic 25 literacy, health literacy, technology literacy, financial 26 literacy, family life and consumer sciences, and employability 27 skills; and shall address the curricular needs of students in 28 kindergarten through grade twelve in those areas. The state 29 board shall further define the twenty-first century learning 30 skills components by rule. 31 (4) The rules shall provide for the establishment of 32 high-quality High-quality standards for computer science 33 education taught by elementary, middle, and high schools, 34 in accordance with the goal established under section 35 -2- LSB 1121YH (3) 88 kh/jh 2/ 5
H.F. 428 284.6A, subsection 1 , setting a foundation for personal and 1 professional success in a high-technology, knowledge-based 2 Iowa economy. Such rules shall be applicable only to school 3 districts and accredited nonpublic schools receiving moneys 4 from the computer science professional development incentive 5 fund under section 284.6A , or from other funds administered by 6 the department for the same purposes as specified in section 7 284.6A, subsection 2 . 8 Sec. 2. Section 256.7, subsection 26, paragraph c, Code 9 2019, is amended by striking the paragraph. 10 Sec. 3. Section 256.9, subsection 49, paragraph a, Code 11 2019, is amended to read as follows: 12 a. Develop and distribute, in collaboration with the area 13 education agencies, core curriculum technical assistance and 14 implementation strategies that school districts and accredited 15 nonpublic schools shall may utilize, including but not limited 16 to the development and delivery of formative and end-of-course 17 model assessments classroom teachers may use to measure student 18 progress on the core curriculum adopted established pursuant 19 to section 256.7, subsection 26 . The department shall, in 20 collaboration with the advisory group convened in accordance 21 with paragraph “b” and educational assessment providers, 22 identify and make available to school districts end-of-course 23 and additional model end-of-course and additional assessments 24 to align with the expectations included in the Iowa core 25 curriculum. 26 Sec. 4. Section 257.11, subsection 9, Code 2019, is amended 27 to read as follows: 28 9. Shared classes and curriculum standards. A school 29 district shall ensure that any course made available to a 30 student through any sharing agreement between the school 31 district and a community college or any other entity providing 32 course programming pursuant to this section to students 33 enrolled in the school district is encouraged to ensure that 34 the course programming meets the expectations contained in the 35 -3- LSB 1121YH (3) 88 kh/jh 3/ 5
H.F. 428 core curriculum adopted established pursuant to section 256.7, 1 subsection 26 . The school district shall ensure that any 2 course that has the capacity to generate college credit shall 3 be equivalent to college-level work. 4 Sec. 5. Section 279.61, subsection 1, paragraph a, 5 subparagraph (1), Code 2019, is amended by striking the 6 subparagraph. 7 Sec. 6. Section 279.61, subsection 2, Code 2019, is amended 8 to read as follows: 9 2. The board of directors of each school district shall 10 report annually to each student enrolled in grades nine through 11 twelve in the school district, and, if the student is under 12 the age of eighteen, to each student’s parent or guardian, the 13 student’s progress toward meeting the goal of successfully 14 completing the core curriculum and high school graduation 15 requirements adopted by the state board of education pursuant 16 to section 256.7, subsection 26 , and toward achieving the goals 17 of the student’s career and academic plan. 18 Sec. 7. Section 280.3, subsection 3, Code 2019, is amended 19 by striking the subsection. 20 EXPLANATION 21 The inclusion of this explanation does not constitute agreement with 22 the explanation’s substance by the members of the general assembly. 23 This bill modifies Code provisions relating to the core 24 curriculum to eliminate language that requires school districts 25 and accredited nonpublic schools to utilize statewide core 26 curriculum standards adopted by the state board of education 27 and instead authorizes the state board to establish a core 28 curriculum that school districts and accredited nonpublic 29 schools may voluntarily utilize. 30 The bill prohibits the state board of education from 31 adopting, and the department of education from authorizing 32 or requiring, statewide core social studies standards for 33 kindergarten through grade 12. 34 The core curriculum science standards shall be the 35 -4- LSB 1121YH (3) 88 kh/jh 4/ 5
H.F. 428 kindergarten through grade 12 science standards utilized by 1 school districts in this state during the 2014-2015 school 2 year. Further, the bill prohibits the state board from 3 adopting any future revision to the core curriculum science 4 standards unless specifically authorized by a constitutional 5 majority of each house of the general assembly and approved by 6 the governor. 7 Language requiring school districts to develop an 8 individualized career and academic plan to prepare a student 9 for successful completion of the core curriculum is stricken, 10 as is language requiring school districts to adopt plans to 11 fully implement the core curriculum. 12 -5- LSB 1121YH (3) 88 kh/jh 5/ 5