Senate File 30 - IntroducedA Bill ForAn Act 1relating to the Iowa core curriculum and to assessment
2and content standards for school districts and accredited
3nonpublic schools and including effective date provisions.
1   Section 1.  Section 256.7, subsection 21, paragraph b,
2subparagraph (2), subparagraph divisions (b) and (d), Code
32019, are amended to read as follows:
   4(b)  That the assessment, at a minimum, assess the core
5academic indicators identified in this paragraph “b”; be
6aligned with the Iowa common core academic standards in both
7content and rigor; accurately describe student achievement and
8growth for purposes of the school, the school district, and
9state accountability systems; provide valid, reliable, and
10fair measures of student progress toward college or career
11readiness; and meet the summative assessment requirements of
12the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, Pub.L. No.114-95.
   13(d)  That the assessment be peer-reviewed by an independent,
14third-party evaluator to determine that the assessment is
15aligned with the Iowa core academic standards, provides a
16measurement of student growth and student proficiency, and
17meets the summative assessment requirements of the federal
18Every Student Succeeds Act, Pub.L. No.114-95. The assessment
19developed by the Iowa testing program within the university of
20Iowa college of education shall be adjusted as necessary to
21meet the requirements of this subparagraph (2) as determined
22by the peer review.
23   Sec. 2.  Section 256.7, subsection 26, paragraph a,
24unnumbered paragraph 1, Code 2019, is amended to read as
   26Adopt rules that establish a core curriculum and high school
27graduation requirements for all students in school districts
28and accredited nonpublic schools that include at a minimum
29satisfactory completion of four years of English and language
30arts, three years of mathematics, three years of science, and
31three years of social studies.
32   Sec. 3.  Section 256.7, subsection 26, paragraph a,
33subparagraph (3), Code 2019, is amended by striking the
35   Sec. 4.  Section 256.7, subsection 26, paragraphs b and c,
-1-1Code 2019, are amended by striking the paragraphs.
2   Sec. 5.  Section 256.7, subsection 28, Code 2019, is amended
3to read as follows:
   428.  Adopt a set of core content standards applicable to all
5students in kindergarten through grade twelve in every school
6district and accredited nonpublic school. For purposes of this
7subsection, “core content “content standards” includes reading,
8mathematics, and science. School districts and accredited
9nonpublic schools shall include, at a minimum, the core content
10standards adopted pursuant to this subsection in any set of
11locally developed content standards. School districts and
12accredited nonpublic schools are strongly encouraged to set
13higher expectations in local standards. As changes in federal
14law or regulation occur, the state board is authorized to amend
15the core content standards as appropriate.
16   Sec. 6.  Section 256.7, subsection 32, paragraph b,
17subparagraph (1), unnumbered paragraph 1, Code 2019, is amended
18to read as follows:
   19Adopt rules which require that educational instruction
20and course content delivered primarily over the internet be
21aligned with the Iowa core academic standards as applicable.
22Under such rules, a school district may develop and offer to
23students enrolled in the district educational instruction and
24course content for delivery primarily over the internet. A
25school district providing educational instruction and course
26content that are delivered primarily over the internet shall
27annually submit to the department, in the manner prescribed by
28the department, data that includes but is not limited to the
30   Sec. 7.  Section 256.9, subsection 49, paragraph a, Code
312019, is amended to read as follows:
   32a.  Develop and distribute, in collaboration with the area
33education agencies, core curriculum technical assistance and
34implementation strategies that school districts and accredited
35nonpublic schools shall may utilize, including but not limited
-2-1to the development and delivery of formative and end-of-course
2model assessments classroom teachers may use to measure student
3progress on the core curriculum academic standards adopted
4pursuant to section 256.7, subsection 26. The department
5shall, in collaboration with the advisory group convened in
6accordance with paragraph “b” and educational assessment
7providers, identify and make available to school districts
8end-of-course and additional model end-of-course and additional
9assessments to align with the expectations included in the Iowa
10core curriculum academic standards.
11   Sec. 8.  Section 256.42, subsection 6, Code 2019, is amended
12to read as follows:
   136.  Coursework offered under the initiative shall be
14rigorous and high quality, and the department shall annually
15evaluate the quality of the courses and ensure that coursework
16is aligned with the state’s core curriculum and core content
17requirements and
 academic and content standards adopted
18pursuant to section 256.7, subsections 26 and 28
, as well as
19national standards of quality for online courses issued by an
20internationally recognized association for kindergarten through
21grade twelve online learning.
22   Sec. 9.  Section 257.11, subsection 9, Code 2019, is amended
23to read as follows:
   249.  Shared classes and curriculum standards.  A school
25district shall ensure that any course made available to a
26student through any sharing agreement between the school
27district and a community college or any other entity providing
28course programming pursuant to this section to students
29enrolled in the school district meets the expectations
30contained in the core curriculum academic standards adopted
31pursuant to section 256.7, subsection 26. The school district
32shall ensure that any course that has the capacity to generate
33college credit shall be equivalent to college-level work.
34   Sec. 10.  Section 260C.14, subsection 22, paragraph b, Code
352019, is amended to read as follows:
-3-   1b.  Collaborate with the state board of regents to meet
2the requirements specified in section 262.9, subsection 33,
3including but not limited to developing a systematic process
4for expanding academic discipline and meetings between the
5community college faculty and faculty of the institutions
6of higher education governed by the state board of regents,
7developing criteria to prioritize core curriculum areas,
8 promoting greater awareness of articulation-related activities,
9facilitating additional opportunities for individual
10institutions to pursue program articulation agreements for
11career and technical educational programs, and developing
12and implementing a process to examine a minimum of eight
13new associate of applied science degree programs for which
14articulation agreements would serve students’ continued
15academic success in those degree programs.
16   Sec. 11.  Section 261E.9, subsection 2, paragraph b, Code
172019, is amended to read as follows:
   18b.  A regional academy may include in its curriculum virtual
19or internet-based coursework and courses delivered via the Iowa
20communications network, career and technical courses, core
21curriculum coursework,
courses required pursuant to section
22256.7, subsection 26, or section 256.11, subsections 4 and 5,
23and asynchronous learning networks.
24   Sec. 12.  Section 262.9, subsection 33, paragraph c, Code
252019, is amended by striking the paragraph.
26   Sec. 13.  Section 279.61, subsection 1, paragraph a,
27subparagraph (1), Code 2019, is amended to read as follows:
   28(1)  Prepare the student for successful completion of the
29core curriculum developed high school graduation requirements
by the state board of education pursuant to section
31256.7, subsection 26, by the time the student graduates from
32high school.
33   Sec. 14.  Section 279.61, subsection 2, Code 2019, is amended
34to read as follows:
   352.  The board of directors of each school district shall
-4-1report annually to each student enrolled in grades nine through
2twelve in the school district, and, if the student is under
3the age of eighteen, to each student’s parent or guardian, the
4student’s progress toward meeting the goal of successfully
5completing the core curriculum and high school graduation
6requirements adopted by the state board of education pursuant
7to section 256.7, subsection 26, and toward achieving the goals
8of the student’s career and academic plan.
9   Sec. 15.  Section 280.3, subsection 2, Code 2019, is amended
10to read as follows:
   112.  The minimum educational program shall be the curriculum
 graduation requirements set forth in subsection 3 of this
13 section 256.7, subsection 26, and educational program set forth
section 256.11, except as otherwise provided by law. The
15board of directors of a public school district shall not allow
16discrimination in any educational program on the basis of race,
17color, creed, sex, marital status, or place of national origin.
18   Sec. 16.  Section 280.3, subsection 3, Code 2019, is amended
19by striking the subsection.
20   Sec. 17.  EFFECTIVE DATE.  This Act, being deemed of
21immediate importance, takes effect upon enactment.
23The inclusion of this explanation does not constitute agreement with
24the explanation’s substance by the members of the general assembly.
   25This bill eliminates requirements and references to the
26(Iowa) common core or core curriculum and to core content
27standards, but continues to direct the state board of education
28to adopt high school graduation requirements and academic and
29content standards.
   30Provisions directing school districts to cooperate with
31each eighth grade student on a core curriculum plan to meet
32core curriculum requirements are amended to replace “core
33curriculum plan” with “graduation plan” and “core curriculum
34requirements” with “high school graduation requirements”. The
35academic standards will remain applicable to all students in
-5-1kindergarten through grade 12 in every school district and
2accredited nonpublic school. Corresponding changes are made
3throughout the Code, and obsolete language is eliminated.
   4The bill takes effect upon enactment.