Senate File 42 - 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
32021, 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 2021, is amended to read as
   26Adopt rules that establish a core curriculum academic
and high school graduation requirements for all
28students in school districts and accredited nonpublic schools
29that include at a minimum satisfactory completion of four years
30of English and language arts, three years of mathematics, three
31years of science, and three years of social studies.
32   Sec. 3.  Section 256.7, subsection 26, paragraph a,
33subparagraph (3), Code 2021, is amended by striking the
35   Sec. 4.  Section 256.7, subsection 26, paragraphs b and c,
-1-1Code 2021, are amended by striking the paragraphs.
2   Sec. 5.  Section 256.7, subsection 28, Code 2021, 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 2021, is amended
18to read as follows:
   19Adopt rules which require that educational instruction and
20course content delivered primarily over the internet be aligned
21with the Iowa core academic content 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 256.7, subsection 32, paragraph c, Code
312021, is amended to read as follows:
   32c.  Rules adopted pursuant to this subsection shall require
33that online learning coursework offered by school districts,
34accredited nonpublic schools, and area education agencies be
35rigorous, high-quality, aligned with the Iowa core academic
-2-1standards established pursuant to subsection 26
and core
2 content requirements and standards pursuant to subsection 28
3 and the national standards of quality for online courses issued
4by an internationally recognized association for kindergarten
5through grade twelve online learning, and taught by a teacher
6licensed under chapter 272 who has specialized training or
7experience in online learning, including but not limited to an
9project offered by area education agencies, a teacher
10preservice program, or comparable coursework.
11   Sec. 8.  Section 256.9, subsection 49, paragraph a, Code
122021, is amended to read as follows:
   13a.  Develop and distribute, in collaboration with the area
14education agencies, core curriculum technical assistance and
15implementation strategies that school districts and accredited
16nonpublic schools shall may utilize, including but not limited
17to the development and delivery of formative and end-of-course
18model assessments classroom teachers may use to measure student
19progress on the core curriculum academic standards adopted
20pursuant to section 256.7, subsection 26. The department
21shall, in collaboration with the advisory group convened in
22accordance with paragraph “b” and educational assessment
23providers, identify and make available to school districts
24end-of-course and additional model end-of-course and additional
25assessments to align with the expectations included in the Iowa
26core curriculum academic standards.
27   Sec. 9.  Section 256.43, subsection 2, paragraph c, Code
282021, is amended to read as follows:
   29c.  Courses provided by private providers to a school
30district or accredited nonpublic school in accordance with
31this section shall meet the Iowa core academic and core
32 content requirements and standards pursuant to section 256.7,
33subsections 26 and 28
, as well as national standards of quality
34for online courses issued by an internationally recognized
35association for kindergarten through grade twelve online
-3-1learning, and be approved in accordance with section 256.9,
2subsection 55.
3   Sec. 10.  Section 257.11, subsection 9, Code 2021, is amended
4to read as follows:
   59.  Shared classes and curriculum standards.  A school
6district shall ensure that any course made available to a
7student through any sharing agreement between the school
8district and a community college or any other entity providing
9course programming pursuant to this section to students
10enrolled in the school district meets the expectations
11contained in the core curriculum Iowa academic standards
12 adopted pursuant to section 256.7, subsection 26. The school
13district shall ensure that any course that has the capacity to
14generate college credit shall be equivalent to college-level
16   Sec. 11.  Section 260C.14, subsection 22, paragraph b, Code
172021, is amended to read as follows:
   18b.  Collaborate with the state board of regents to meet
19the requirements specified in section 262.9, subsection 32,
20including but not limited to developing a systematic process
21for expanding academic discipline and meetings between the
22community college faculty and faculty of the institutions
23of higher education governed by the state board of regents,
24developing criteria to prioritize core curriculum areas,
25 promoting greater awareness of articulation-related activities,
26facilitating additional opportunities for individual
27institutions to pursue program articulation agreements for
28career and technical educational programs, and developing
29and implementing a process to examine a minimum of eight
30new associate of applied science degree programs for which
31articulation agreements would serve students’ continued
32academic success in those degree programs.
33   Sec. 12.  Section 261E.9, subsection 2, paragraph b, Code
342021, is amended to read as follows:
   35b.  A regional academy may include in its curriculum virtual
-4-1or internet-based coursework and courses delivered via the Iowa
2communications network, career and technical courses, core
3curriculum coursework,
courses required pursuant to section
4256.7, subsection 26, or section 256.11, subsections 4 and 5,
5and asynchronous learning networks.
6   Sec. 13.  Section 262.9, subsection 32, paragraph c, Code
72021, is amended by striking the paragraph.
8   Sec. 14.  Section 279.61, subsection 1, paragraph a,
9subparagraph (1), Code 2021, is amended to read as follows:
   10(1)  Prepare the student for successful completion of the
11core curriculum developed high school graduation requirements
by the state board of education pursuant to section
13256.7, subsection 26, by the time the student graduates from
14high school.
15   Sec. 15.  Section 279.61, subsection 2, Code 2021, is amended
16to read as follows:
   172.  The board of directors of each school district shall
18report annually to each student enrolled in grades nine through
19twelve in the school district, and, if the student is under
20the age of eighteen, to each student’s parent or guardian, the
21student’s progress toward meeting the goal of successfully
22completing the core curriculum and high school graduation
23requirements adopted by the state board of education pursuant
24to section 256.7, subsection 26, and toward achieving the goals
25of the student’s career and academic plan.
26   Sec. 16.  Section 280.3, subsection 2, Code 2021, is amended
27to read as follows:
   282.  The minimum educational program shall be the curriculum
 graduation requirements set forth in subsection 3 of this
30 section 256.7, subsection 26, and educational program set forth
section 256.11, except as otherwise provided by law. The
32board of directors of a public school district shall not allow
33discrimination in any educational program on the basis of race,
34color, creed, sex, marital status, or place of national origin.
35   Sec. 17.  Section 284.6, subsection 9, Code 2021, is amended
-5-1to read as follows:
   29.  Moneys received pursuant to section 257.10, subsection
310, or section 257.37A, subsection 2, shall be maintained
4as a separate listing within a school district’s or area
5education agency’s budget for funds received and expenditures
6made pursuant to this subsection. The department shall not
7require a school district or area education agency to allocate
8a specific amount or percentage of moneys received pursuant to
9section 257.10, subsection 10, or section 257.37A, subsection
102, for professional development related to implementation of
11the core curriculum under section 256.7, subsection 26. A
12school district shall certify to the department how the school
13district allocated the funds and that moneys received under
14this subsection were used to supplement, not supplant, the
15professional development opportunities the school district
16would otherwise make available. For budget years beginning
17on or after July 1, 2017, all or a portion of the moneys
18received pursuant to section 257.10, subsection 10, that remain
19unexpended and unobligated at the end of a fiscal year may,
20pursuant to section 257.10, subsection 10, paragraph “d”, be
21transferred for deposit in the school district’s flexibility
22account established under section 298A.2, subsection 2.
23   Sec. 18.  EFFECTIVE DATE.  This Act, being deemed of
24immediate importance, takes effect upon enactment.
26The inclusion of this explanation does not constitute agreement with
27the explanation’s substance by the members of the general assembly.
   28This bill eliminates requirements and references to the
29(Iowa) common core or core curriculum and to core content
30standards, but continues to direct the state board of education
31to adopt high school graduation requirements and academic and
32content standards.
   33Provisions directing school districts to cooperate with
34each eighth grade student on a core curriculum plan to meet
35core curriculum requirements are amended to replace “core
-6-1curriculum plan” with “graduation plan” and “core curriculum
2requirements” with “high school graduation requirements”. The
3academic standards will remain applicable to all students in
4kindergarten through grade 12 in every school district and
5accredited nonpublic school. Corresponding changes are made
6throughout the Code, and obsolete language is eliminated.
   7The bill takes effect upon enactment.