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CSHB 220(FIN): "An Act repealing the secondary student competency examination and related requirements; relating to an annual performance report to the legislature by the Department of Education and Early Development; and providing for an effective date."

00                       CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 220(FIN)                                                                    
01 "An Act repealing the secondary student competency examination and related                                              
02 requirements; relating to an annual performance report to the legislature by the                                        
03 Department of Education and Early Development; and providing for an effective date."                                    
04 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:                                                                
05    * Section 1. AS 14.03.078 is amended to read:                                                                      
06            Sec. 14.03.078. Report. The department shall provide to the legislature by                                 
07       February 15 of each year by electronic means an annual report regarding the progress                          
08       of each school and school district toward high academic performance by all students.                              
09       The report required under this section must include                                                               
10                 (1)  information described under AS 14.03.120(d);                                                       
11                 (2)  [THE NUMBER AND PERCENTAGE OF STUDENTS IN                                                          
12       EACH SCHOOL WHO PASS THE EXAMINATION REQUIRED UNDER AS                                                            
13       14.03.075, AND THE NUMBER WHO PASS EACH SECTION OF THE                                                            
14       EXAMINATION;                                                                                                      
01                 (3)]  progress of the department                                                                        
02                      (A)  toward implementing the school accountability provisions                                      
03            of AS 14.03.123; and                                                                                         
04                      (B)  in assisting high schools to become accredited;                                               
05                 (3) [(4)]  a description of the resources provided to each school and                               
06       school district for coordinated school improvement activities and staff training in each                          
07       school and school district;                                                                                       
08                 (4) [(5)]  each school district's and each school's progress in aligning                            
09       curriculum with state education performance standards;                                                            
10                 (5) [(6)]  a description of the efforts by the department to assist a public                        
11       school that receives a designation of deficient or in crisis;                                                     
12                 (6) [(7)]  a description of intervention efforts by each school district                            
13       and school for students who are not meeting state performance standards;                                          
14                 (7) [(8)]  the number and percentage of turnover in certificated                                    
15       personnel and superintendents;                                                                                    
16                 (8) [(9)]  the number of teachers by district and by school who are                                 
17       teaching outside the teacher's area of endorsement [BUT IN AREAS TESTED BY                                        
18       THE HIGH SCHOOL COMPETENCY EXAMINATION].                                                                          
19    * Sec. 2. AS 14.03.120(d) is amended to read:                                                                      
20            (d)  Annually, before the date set by the district under (e) of this section, each                           
21       public school shall deliver to the department for posting on the department's Internet                            
22       website and provide, in a public meeting of parents, students, and community                                      
23       members, a report on the school's performance and the performance of the school's                                 
24       students. The report shall be prepared on a form prescribed by the department and                                 
25       must include                                                                                                      
26                 (1)  information on accreditation;                                                                      
27                 (2)  results of norm-referenced achievement tests;                                                      
28                 (3)  results of state standards-based assessments in reading, writing, and                              
29       mathematics;                                                                                                      
30                 (4)  a description, including quantitative and qualitative measures, of                                 
31       student, parent, community, and business involvement in student learning;                                         
01                 (5)  a description of the school's attendance, retention, dropout, and                                  
02       graduation rates, [INCLUDING THE NUMBER AND PERCENTAGE OF                                                         
03       STUDENTS WHO RECEIVED A DIPLOMA UNDER A WAIVER FROM THE                                                           
04       COMPETENCY EXAMINATION REQUIRED UNDER AS 14.03.075(a),] as                                                        
05       specified by the state board;                                                                                     
06                 (6)  the annual percent of enrollment change, regardless of reason, and                                 
07       the annual percent of enrollment change due to student transfers into and out of the                              
08       school district;                                                                                                  
09                 (7)  if Native language education is provided, a summary and                                            
10       evaluation of the curriculum described in AS 14.30.420;                                                           
11                 (8)  [THE NUMBER AND PERCENTAGE OF STUDENTS IN                                                          
12       EACH SCHOOL WHO TAKE AND WHO SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE AN                                                             
13       ALTERNATIVE ASSESSMENT PROGRAM IN READING, ENGLISH, OR                                                            
14       MATHEMATICS; AND THE NUMBER AND PERCENTAGE OF PUPILS IN                                                           
15       EACH SCHOOL WHO SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE THE ALTERNATIVE                                                             
16       ASSESSMENT PROGRAM BUT WHO DO NOT REACH THE STATE                                                                 
17       PERFORMANCE STANDARDS AT THE COMPETENCY EXAM LEVEL IN                                                             
18       READING, ENGLISH, OR MATHEMATICS; A SCHOOL MAY NOT REPORT                                                         
19       RESULTS UNDER THIS PARAGRAPH UNLESS THE SCHOOL COMPLIES                                                           
20       WITH THE FAMILY EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS AND PRIVACY                                                                    
21       REQUIREMENTS OF 34 C.F.R. 99;                                                                                     
22                 (9)]  the performance designation assigned the school under AS                                          
23       14.03.123 and the methodology used to assign the performance designation, including                               
24       the measures used and their relative weights; and                                                                 
25                 (9) [(10)]  other information concerning school performance and the                                 
26       performance of the school's students as required by the state board in regulation.                                
27    * Sec. 3. AS 14.03.123(f) is amended to read:                                                                      
28            (f)  In the accountability system for schools and districts required by this                                 
29       section, the department shall                                                                                     
30                 (1)  implement 20 U.S.C. 6301 - 7941 (Elementary and Secondary                                          
31       Education Act of 1965), as amended;                                                                               
01                 (2)  implement state criteria and priorities for accountability including                               
02       the use of                                                                                                        
03                      (A)  measures of student performance on standards-based                                            
04            assessments in reading, writing, and mathematics [, AND INCLUDING                                            
05            COMPETENCY TESTS REQUIRED UNDER AS 14.03.075];                                                               
06                      (B)  measures of student improvement; and                                                          
07                      (C)  other measures identified that are indicators of student                                      
08            success and achievement; and                                                                                 
09                 (3)  to the extent practicable, minimize the administrative burden on                                   
10       districts.                                                                                                        
11    * Sec. 4. AS 14.03.255(a) is amended to read:                                                                      
12            (a)  A charter school operates as a school in the local school district except that                          
13       the charter school (1) is exempt from the local school district's textbook, program,                              
14       curriculum, and scheduling requirements; (2) is exempt from AS 14.14.130(c); the                                  
15       principal of the charter school shall be selected by the academic policy committee and                            
16       shall select, appoint, or otherwise supervise employees of the charter school; and (3)                            
17       operates under the charter school's annual program budget as set out in the contract                              
18       between the local school board and the charter school under (c) of this section. A local                          
19       school board may exempt a charter school from other local school district                                         
20       requirements if the exemption is set out in the contract. A charter school is subject to                          
21       [SECONDARY SCHOOL COMPETENCY TESTING AS PROVIDED IN AS                                                            
22       14.03.075 AND OTHER] competency tests required by the department.                                                 
23    * Sec. 5. AS 14.03.075 and AS 14.07.165(5) are repealed.                                                           
24    * Sec. 6. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section to                          
25 read:                                                                                                                   
26       RETROSPECTIVE ISSUANCE OF A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA. (a) At the                                                       
27 request of a student, a school district shall issue a high school diploma to a student who did                          
28 not receive a high school diploma because the student failed to pass all or a portion of the                            
29 secondary school competency examination but who received a certificate of achievement                                   
30 under former AS 14.03.075. A school district shall mail a notice consistent with this section to                        
31 each student who qualifies for a diploma under this section to the student's last known                                 
01 address.                                                                                                                
02       (b)  The Department of Education and Early Development shall post a notice                                        
03 consistent with this section on the department's Internet website with information about how                            
04 to request a high school diploma.                                                                                       
05       (c)  In this section, "school district" has the meaning given in AS 14.30.350.                                    
06    * Sec. 7. This Act takes effect immediately under AS 01.10.070(c).