Senate File 262 - Introduced SENATE FILE 262 BY COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION (SUCCESSOR TO SSB 1077) A BILL FOR An Act relating to eligibility requirements for students under 1 the senior year plus program and including applicability 2 provisions. 3 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA: 4 TLSB 1415SV (2) 89 kh/jh
S.F. 262 Section 1. Section 261E.3, subsection 1, paragraph e, Code 1 2021, is amended to read as follows: 2 e. (1) The student , except as otherwise provided in this 3 paragraph “e” , shall have demonstrated proficiency in reading, 4 mathematics, and science as evidenced by achievement any of the 5 following: 6 (a) Achievement scores on the latest administration of the 7 state assessment for which scores are available and as defined 8 by the department. However, a 9 (b) If the student is receiving competent private 10 instruction under chapter 299A , may demonstrate proficiency 11 by submitting the written recommendation of the licensed 12 practitioner providing supervision to the student in accordance 13 with section 299A.2 ; . Such student may demonstrate proficiency 14 as evidenced by achievement scores on the annual achievement 15 evaluation required under section 299A.4 ; or may also 16 demonstrate proficiency as evidenced by a selection index, 17 which is the sum of the critical reading, mathematics, and 18 writing skills assessments, of at least one hundred forty-one 19 on the preliminary scholastic aptitude test administered by 20 the college board; a composite score of at least twenty-one on 21 the college readiness assessment administered by ACT, inc.; 22 or a sum of the critical reading and mathematics scores of at 23 least nine hundred ninety on the college readiness assessment 24 administered by the college board. 25 (2) (a) If a student is not proficient in one or more of 26 the content areas listed in this paragraph, has not taken the 27 college readiness assessments identified in this paragraph, 28 or has not achieved the scores specified in this paragraph, 29 the subparagraph (1), the student may demonstrate proficiency 30 through measures of college readiness jointly agreed upon by 31 the school board and the eligible postsecondary institution. 32 (b) The school board may establish alternative but 33 equivalent qualifying performance measures including but not 34 limited to additional administrations of the state assessment, 35 -1- LSB 1415SV (2) 89 kh/jh 1/ 2
S.F. 262 portfolios of student work, student performance rubric, or 1 end-of-course assessments. 2 Sec. 2. APPLICABILITY. Notwithstanding section 261E.3, 3 subsection 1, paragraph “e”, subparagraph (1), subparagraph 4 division (a), as enacted by this Act, for the school year 5 beginning July 1, 2021, the achievement scores from the state 6 assessment administered during the school year beginning July 7 1, 2019, shall be considered the latest available scores. 8 EXPLANATION 9 The inclusion of this explanation does not constitute agreement with 10 the explanation’s substance by the members of the general assembly. 11 This bill provides an option for a student who is 12 unable to meet the proficiency requirements of the senior 13 year plus program that must otherwise be met prior to the 14 student’s enrollment in a postsecondary course through 15 district-to-community college sharing or a concurrent 16 enrollment program. 17 Under the bill, the school district and the eligible 18 postsecondary institution may jointly agree upon measures of 19 college readiness which a student may demonstrate proficiency. 20 For the school year beginning July 1, 2021, the achievement 21 scores from the state assessment administered during the school 22 year beginning July 1, 2019, shall be considered the latest 23 available scores. 24 -2- LSB 1415SV (2) 89 kh/jh 2/ 2