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CSHB 220(EDC): "An Act repealing the secondary student competency examination and related requirements; and providing for an effective date."

00                       CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 220(EDC)                                                                    
01 "An Act repealing the secondary student competency examination and related                                              
02 requirements; and providing for an effective date."                                                                     
03 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:                                                                
04    * Section 1. AS 14.03.078 is amended to read:                                                                      
05            Sec. 14.03.078. Report. The department shall provide to the legislature by                                 
06       February 15 of each year an annual report regarding the progress of each school and                               
07       school district toward high academic performance by all students. The report required                             
08       under this section must include                                                                                   
09                 (1)  information described under AS 14.03.120(d);                                                       
10                 (2)  [THE NUMBER AND PERCENTAGE OF STUDENTS IN                                                          
11       EACH SCHOOL WHO PASS THE EXAMINATION REQUIRED UNDER AS                                                            
12       14.03.075, AND THE NUMBER WHO PASS EACH SECTION OF THE                                                            
13       EXAMINATION;                                                                                                      
14                 (3)]  progress of the department                                                                        
01                      (A)  toward implementing the school accountability provisions                                      
02            of AS 14.03.123; and                                                                                         
03                      (B)  in assisting high schools to become accredited;                                               
04                 (3) [(4)]  a description of the resources provided to each school and                               
05       school district for coordinated school improvement activities and staff training in each                          
06       school and school district;                                                                                       
07                 (4) [(5)]  each school district's and each school's progress in aligning                            
08       curriculum with state education performance standards;                                                            
09                 (5) [(6)]  a description of the efforts by the department to assist a public                        
10       school that receives a designation of deficient or in crisis;                                                     
11                 (6) [(7)]  a description of intervention efforts by each school district                            
12       and school for students who are not meeting state performance standards;                                          
13                 (7) [(8)]  the number and percentage of turnover in certificated                                    
14       personnel and superintendents;                                                                                    
15                 (8) [(9)]  the number of teachers by district and by school who are                                 
16       teaching outside the teacher's area of endorsement [BUT IN AREAS TESTED BY                                        
17       THE HIGH SCHOOL COMPETENCY EXAMINATION].                                                                          
18    * Sec. 2. AS 14.03.120(d) is amended to read:                                                                      
19            (d)  Annually, before the date set by the district under (e) of this section, each                           
20       public school shall deliver to the department for posting on the department's Internet                            
21       website and provide, in a public meeting of parents, students, and community                                      
22       members, a report on the school's performance and the performance of the school's                                 
23       students. The report shall be prepared on a form prescribed by the department and                                 
24       must include                                                                                                      
25                 (1)  information on accreditation;                                                                      
26                 (2)  results of norm-referenced achievement tests;                                                      
27                 (3)  results of state standards-based assessments in reading, writing, and                              
28       mathematics;                                                                                                      
29                 (4)  a description, including quantitative and qualitative measures, of                                 
30       student, parent, community, and business involvement in student learning;                                         
31                 (5)  a description of the school's attendance, retention, dropout, and                                  
01       graduation rates, [INCLUDING THE NUMBER AND PERCENTAGE OF                                                         
02       STUDENTS WHO RECEIVED A DIPLOMA UNDER A WAIVER FROM THE                                                           
03       COMPETENCY EXAMINATION REQUIRED UNDER AS 14.03.075(a),] as                                                        
04       specified by the state board;                                                                                     
05                 (6)  the annual percent of enrollment change, regardless of reason, and                                 
06       the annual percent of enrollment change due to student transfers into and out of the                              
07       school district;                                                                                                  
08                 (7)  if Native language education is provided, a summary and                                            
09       evaluation of the curriculum described in AS 14.30.420;                                                           
10                 (8)  [THE NUMBER AND PERCENTAGE OF STUDENTS IN                                                          
11       EACH SCHOOL WHO TAKE AND WHO SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE AN                                                             
12       ALTERNATIVE ASSESSMENT PROGRAM IN READING, ENGLISH, OR                                                            
13       MATHEMATICS; AND THE NUMBER AND PERCENTAGE OF PUPILS IN                                                           
14       EACH SCHOOL WHO SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE THE ALTERNATIVE                                                             
15       ASSESSMENT PROGRAM BUT WHO DO NOT REACH THE STATE                                                                 
16       PERFORMANCE STANDARDS AT THE COMPETENCY EXAM LEVEL IN                                                             
17       READING, ENGLISH, OR MATHEMATICS; A SCHOOL MAY NOT REPORT                                                         
18       RESULTS UNDER THIS PARAGRAPH UNLESS THE SCHOOL COMPLIES                                                           
19       WITH THE FAMILY EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS AND PRIVACY                                                                    
20       REQUIREMENTS OF 34 C.F.R. 99;                                                                                     
21                 (9)]  the performance designation assigned the school under AS                                          
22       14.03.123 and the methodology used to assign the performance designation, including                               
23       the measures used and their relative weights; and                                                                 
24                 (9) [(10)]  other information concerning school performance and the                                 
25       performance of the school's students as required by the state board in regulation.                                
26    * Sec. 3. AS 14.03.123(f) is amended to read:                                                                      
27            (f)  In the accountability system for schools and districts required by this                                 
28       section, the department shall                                                                                     
29                 (1)  implement 20 U.S.C. 6301 - 7941 (Elementary and Secondary                                          
30       Education Act of 1965), as amended;                                                                               
31                 (2)  implement state criteria and priorities for accountability including                               
01       the use of                                                                                                        
02                      (A)  measures of student performance on standards-based                                            
03            assessments in reading, writing, and mathematics [, AND INCLUDING                                            
04            COMPETENCY TESTS REQUIRED UNDER AS 14.03.075];                                                               
05                      (B)  measures of student improvement; and                                                          
06                      (C)  other measures identified that are indicators of student                                      
07            success and achievement; and                                                                                 
08                 (3)  to the extent practicable, minimize the administrative burden on                                   
09       districts.                                                                                                        
10    * Sec. 4. AS 14.03.255(a) is amended to read:                                                                      
11            (a)  A charter school operates as a school in the local school district except that                          
12       the charter school (1) is exempt from the local school district's textbook, program,                              
13       curriculum, and scheduling requirements; (2) is exempt from AS 14.14.130(c); the                                  
14       principal of the charter school shall be selected by the academic policy committee and                            
15       shall select, appoint, or otherwise supervise employees of the charter school; and (3)                            
16       operates under the charter school's annual program budget as set out in the contract                              
17       between the local school board and the charter school under (c) of this section. A local                          
18       school board may exempt a charter school from other local school district                                         
19       requirements if the exemption is set out in the contract. A charter school is subject to                          
20       [SECONDARY SCHOOL COMPETENCY TESTING AS PROVIDED IN AS                                                            
21       14.03.075 AND OTHER] competency tests required by the department.                                                 
22    * Sec. 5. AS 14.03.075 and AS 14.07.165(5) are repealed.                                                           
23    * Sec. 6. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section to                          
24 read:                                                                                                                   
25       TRANSITION: STUDENT TESTING IN PROGRESS. Until June 30, 2015, a school                                            
26 district shall continue to administer the competency examination under former AS 14.03.075                              
27 and regulations adopted under former AS 14.03.075 in effect on August 31, 2014, to a student                            
28 who seeks to qualify for a secondary school diploma under former AS 14.03.075, as it read on                            
29 August 31, 2014.                                                                                                        
30    * Sec. 7. This Act takes effect September 1, 2014.