House File 473 - ReprintedA Bill ForAn Act 1relating to high school equivalency programs and
2assessments and including effective date provisions.
3BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA:
1   Section 1.  Section 259A.1, Code 2017, is amended to read as
2follows:
   3259A.1  Tests Assessment of competency.
   4The department of education shall cause to be made available
5for qualified individuals a high school equivalency diploma.
6The diploma shall be issued on the basis of satisfactory
7
 demonstrated competence as shown by tests covering in all of
8the following core areas: reading, language arts, literacy,
9mathematics, science, and social studies.
10   Sec. 2.  Section 259A.2, Code 2017, is amended to read as
11follows:
   12259A.2  Age Application requirements.
  131.  Every applicant must shall have attained the age of
14eighteen years, be a nonhigh have not graduated from high
15 school graduate, and not be currently enrolled in a secondary
16school. However, an
   172.   Anapplicant is not eligible for the a high school
18equivalency
diploma until after the class in which the
19applicant was enrolled has graduated from high school.
  203.  Application shall be made to a high school equivalency
21program or
testing center approved by the department of
22education, accompanied by an application fee in an amount
23prescribed by the department.
   244.  The test Test scores shall be forwarded by the scorer of
25the test to the department of education.
   265.  Evidence that an applicant demonstrates competence as
27required under section 259A.1 shall be made available to the
28department of education by the high school equivalency program
29for verification purposes.
30   Sec. 3.  Section 259A.3, Code 2017, is amended to read as
31follows:
   32259A.3  Notice and fee.
   33Any applicant who has achieved demonstrated competence in
34 the minimum passing core areas under standards as established
35by the department, and approved
 adopted by the state board of
-1-1education pursuant to section 259A.5
, shall be issued a high
2school equivalency diploma by the department of education upon
3payment of an additional amount determined in rules adopted by
4the state board of education to cover the actual costs of the
5production and distribution of the diploma. The state board of
6education may also by rule establish a fee for the issuance or
7verification of a transcript which shall be based on the actual
8costs of the production or verification of a transcript.
9   Sec. 4.  Section 259A.5, Code 2017, is amended to read as
10follows:
   11259A.5  Rules — duties.
  121.  The director of the department of education shall adopt
13tests
 prescribe assessments, definitions of terms, and forms
 14and resources as necessary for the administration of this
15chapter.
   162.  The state board of education shall adopt rules under
17chapter 17A to carry out this chapter. Any rules adopted
18relating to demonstrations of competence for purposes of this
19chapter shall require such demonstrations to be equivalent
20to or of greater rigor than those required for high school
21graduation, and such demonstrations shall include but are
22not limited to a test battery, credit-based measures, and
23attainment of other academic credentials.

24   Sec. 5.  EFFECTIVE UPON ENACTMENT.  This Act, being deemed of
25immediate importance, takes effect upon enactment.
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