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HB 457: "An Act providing for differentiated secondary school diplomas; and providing for an effective date."

00                             HOUSE BILL NO. 457                                                                          
01 "An Act providing for differentiated secondary school diplomas; and providing for an                                    
02 effective date."                                                                                                        
03 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:                                                                
04    * Section 1.  AS 14.03.075(a) is repealed and reenacted to read:                                                 
05            (a)  Each secondary school student shall be given the opportunity to take a                                  
06       competency examination in the areas of reading, English, and mathematics.  The                                    
07       department shall determine the form and contents of the examination and shall score                               
08       completed examinations.  The department shall adopt regulations providing for the                                 
09       issuance of differentiated secondary school diplomas as follows:                                                  
10                 (1)  a student may be issued an advanced secondary school diploma if                                    
11       the student                                                                                                       
12                      (A)  passes the competency examination;                                                            
13                      (B)  meets additional course and grade point average                                               
14            requirements established by the department that are consistent with academic                                 
01            and technical college entrance standards; and                                                                
02                      (C)  otherwise meets basic graduation requirements imposed by                                      
03            the governing body and the state;                                                                            
04                 (2)  a student may be issued an enhanced secondary school diploma if                                    
05       the student                                                                                                       
06                      (A)  passes the competency examination; and                                                        
07                      (B)  otherwise meets basic graduation requirements imposed by                                      
08            the governing body and the state but does not meet the additional course and                                 
09            grade point average requirements described in (1)(B) of this subsection;                                     
10                 (3)  a student may be issued a basic secondary school diploma if the                                    
11       student fails all or a portion of the competency examination but otherwise meets basic                            
12       graduation requirements imposed by the governing body and the state;                                              
13                 (4)  a student may not be issued a secondary school diploma if the                                      
14       student fails to meet basic graduation requirements imposed by the governing body                                 
15       and the state, whether or not the student passes all portions of the competency                                   
16       examination or meets the requirements of (1)(B) of this subsection.                                               
17    * Sec. 2.  AS 14.03.075(b) is amended to read:                                                                     
18            (b)  A student who fails the competency examination [REQUIRED UNDER                                      
19       THIS SECTION] shall be retested at least once during a school year on those portions                              
20       of the examination that the student has not passed.  A student who passes any portion                             
21       of the competency examination [TEST] may not retake that portion of the                                       
22       examination [TEST].  A student who, when retested, passes the portions of the                                 
23       competency examination [TEST] not previously passed and who meets any other                                   
24       graduation requirements shall receive a diploma under (a)(1) or (2) of this section                           
25       from the school district.  This subsection does not apply to a student who is a child                             
26       with a disability if the student's individualized education program team recommends                               
27       that the student not be retested.                                                                                 
28    * Sec. 3.  AS 14.03.075(c) is amended to read:                                                                     
29            (c)  Notwithstanding (a) of this section,                                                                    
30                 (1)  a student who is a child with a disability and who does not achieve                                
31       a passing score on the competency examination [REQUIRED UNDER (a) OF THIS                                     
01       SECTION], with or without accommodation, is eligible to receive a diploma under                               
02       (a)(1) or (2) of this section if the student otherwise meets the requirements of (a)(1)                   
03       or (2) of this section and successfully completes an alternative assessment program                           
04       in place of the competency examination; an alternative assessment program must                                
05       be required by the student's individualized education program or required in the                              
06       education plan developed for the student under 29 U.S.C. 794; an alternative                                      
07       assessment program must, to the maximum extent possible, conform to state                                         
08       performance standards established for the competency examination [REQUIRED                                        
09       UNDER (a) OF THIS SECTION]; this paragraph does not apply to a student unless                                     
10       the department determines that the student has taken and failed to pass the competency                            
11       examination with or without accommodations and the department approves the                                        
12       student's alternative assessment program described under this paragraph; and                                      
13                 (2)  a student who transfers into a public high school in this state shall                              
14       receive a diploma under (a)(1) or (2) of this section if the student                                          
15                      (A)  meets graduation requirements imposed by the governing                                        
16            body and the state; [AND]                                                                                    
17                      (B)  has passed a competency examination in the state from                                         
18            which the student transferred in lieu of the competency examination in this                              
19            state; and                                                                                               
20                      (C)  otherwise meets the requirements of (a)(1) or (2) of this                                 
21            section, as applicable.                                                                                  
22    * Sec. 4.  AS 14.03.075(g) is amended by adding a new paragraph to read:                                           
23                 (3)  "competency examination" or "examination" mean the examination                                     
24       that must be offered under (a) of this section.                                                                   
25    * Sec. 5.  AS 14.03.120(d) is amended to read:                                                                     
26            (d)  Annually, before the date set by the district under (e) of this section, each                           
27       public school shall provide, in a public meeting of parents, students, and community                              
28       members, a report on the school's performance and the performance of the school's                                 
29       students.  The report shall be prepared on a form prescribed by the department and                                
30       must include                                                                                                      
31                 (1)  information on accreditation;                                                                      
01                 (2)  results of norm-referenced achievement tests;                                                      
02                 (3)  results of state standards-based assessments in reading, writing, and                              
03       mathematics;                                                                                                      
04                 (4)  a description, including quantitative and qualitative measures, of                                 
05       student, parent, community, and business involvement in student learning;                                         
06                 (5)  a description of the school's attendance, retention, dropout, and                                  
07       graduation rates  [, INCLUDING THE NUMBER AND PERCENTAGE OF                                                       
08       STUDENTS WHO RECEIVED A DIPLOMA UNDER A WAIVER FROM THE                                                           
09       COMPETENCY EXAMINATION REQUIRED UNDER AS 14.03.075(a), AS                                                         
10       SPECIFIED BY THE STATE BOARD];                                                                                    
11                 (6)  the annual percent of enrollment change, regardless of reason, and                                 
12       the annual percent of enrollment change due to student transfers into and out of the                              
13       school district;                                                                                                  
14                 (7)  if Native language education is provided, a summary and                                            
15       evaluation of the curriculum described in AS 14.30.420; and                                                       
16                 (8)  the number and percentage of students in each school who take and                                  
17       who successfully complete an alternative assessment program in reading, English, or                               
18       mathematics; and the number and percentage of pupils in each school who                                           
19       successfully complete the alternative assessment program but who do not reach the                                 
20       state performance standards at the competency exam level in reading, English, or                                  
21       mathematics; a school may not report results under this paragraph unless the school                               
22       complies with the family educational rights and privacy requirements of 34 C.F.R. 99.                             
23    * Sec. 6.  AS 14.07.165 is amended to read:                                                                        
24            Sec. 14.07.165.  Duties.  The board shall adopt                                                            
25                 (1)  statewide goals and require each governing body to adopt written                                   
26       goals that are consistent with local needs;                                                                       
27                 (2)  regulations regarding the application for and award of grants under                                
28       AS 14.03.125;                                                                                                     
29                 (3)  regulations implementing provisions of AS 14.11.014(b);                                            
30                 (4)  regulations requiring approval by the board before a charter school,                               
31       state boarding school, or a public school may provide domiciliary services;                                       
01                 (5)  regulations implementing the secondary school student diploma                                  
02       and the competency examination provisions of AS 14.03.075 [, INCLUDING THE                                    
03       CRITERIA AND PROCEDURE UNDER WHICH A GOVERNING BODY USES A                                                        
04       WAIVER TO GRANT A DIPLOMA TO A STUDENT; CRITERIA REGARDING                                                        
05       GRANTING A WAIVER MUST INCLUDE PROVISIONS THAT A WAIVER                                                           
06       MAY ONLY BE GRANTED FOR STUDENTS WHO ENTER THE SYSTEM LATE                                                        
07       OR HAVE RARE OR UNUSUAL CIRCUMSTANCES MERITING A WAIVER].                                                         
08    * Sec. 7.  AS 14.03.075(d) is repealed.                                                                            
09    * Sec. 8.  This Act takes effect immediately under AS 01.10.070(c).