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HF 1527

as introduced - 92nd Legislature (2021 - 2022) Posted on 03/01/2021 04:42pm

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A bill for an act
relating to education; providing for locally adopted social studies academic
standards; amending Minnesota Statutes 2020, sections 120B.018, subdivision 6;
120B.021, subdivisions 1, 2, 3, 4; 120B.024.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 120B.018, subdivision 6, is amended to read:


Subd. 6.

Required standard.

"Required standard" means (1) a statewide adopted
expectation for student learning in the content areas of language arts, mathematics, science,
deleted text begin social studies,deleted text end physical education, and the arts, or (2) a locally adopted expectation for
student learning in healthnew text begin; social studies, including history, geography, economics, and
government and citizenship;
new text end or the arts.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective for the 2022-2023 school year and later.
new text end

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 120B.021, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Required academic standards.

(a) The following subject areas are
required for statewide accountability:

(1) language arts;

(2) mathematics;

(3) science;

(4) social studies, new text beginfor which locally adopted academic standards apply, new text endincluding history,
geography, economics, and government and citizenship that includes civics consistent with
section 120B.02, subdivision 3;

(5) physical education;

(6) health, for which locally developed academic standards apply; and

(7) the arts, for which statewide or locally developed academic standards apply, as
determined by the school district. Public elementary and middle schools must offer at least
three and require at least two of the following four arts areas: dance; music; theater; and
visual arts. Public high schools must offer at least three and require at least one of the
following five arts areas: media arts; dance; music; theater; and visual arts.

(b) For purposes of applicable federal law, the academic standards for language arts,
mathematics, and science apply to all public school students, except the very few students
with extreme cognitive or physical impairments for whom an individualized education
program team has determined that the required academic standards are inappropriate. An
individualized education program team that makes this determination must establish
alternative standards.

(c) The department must adopt the most recent SHAPE America (Society of Health and
Physical Educators) kindergarten through grade 12 standards and benchmarks for physical
education as the required physical education academic standards. The department may
modify and adapt the national standards to accommodate state interest. The modification
and adaptations must maintain the purpose and integrity of the national standards. The
department must make available sample assessments, which school districts may use as an
alternative to local assessments, to assess students' mastery of the physical education
standards beginning in the 2018-2019 school year.

(d) A school district may include child sexual abuse prevention instruction in a health
curriculum, consistent with paragraph (a), clause (6). Child sexual abuse prevention
instruction may include age-appropriate instruction on recognizing sexual abuse and assault,
boundary violations, and ways offenders groom or desensitize victims, as well as strategies
to promote disclosure, reduce self-blame, and mobilize bystanders. A school district may
provide instruction under this paragraph in a variety of ways, including at an annual assembly
or classroom presentation. A school district may also provide parents information on the
warning signs of child sexual abuse and available resources.

(e) District efforts to develop, implement, or improve instruction or curriculum as a
result of the provisions of this section must be consistent with sections 120B.10, 120B.11,
and 120B.20.

new text begin (f) A charter school or school district must post the locally developed social studies
standards on its website.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective for the 2022-2023 school year and later.
new text end

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 120B.021, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Standards development.

(a) The commissioner must consider advice from at
least the following stakeholders in developing statewide rigorous core academic standards
in language arts, mathematics, science, deleted text beginsocial studies, including history, geography,
economics, government and citizenship,
deleted text end and the arts:

(1) parents of school-age children and members of the public throughout the state;

(2) teachers throughout the state currently licensed and providing instruction in language
arts, mathematics, science, deleted text beginsocial studies,deleted text end or the arts and licensed elementary and secondary
school principals throughout the state currently administering a school site;

(3) currently serving members of local school boards and charter school boards throughout
the state;

(4) faculty teaching core subjects at postsecondary institutions in Minnesota; and

(5) representatives of the Minnesota business community.

(b) Academic standards must:

(1) be clear, concise, objective, measurable, and grade-level appropriate;

(2) not require a specific teaching methodology or curriculum; and

(3) be consistent with the Constitutions of the United States and the state of Minnesota.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective for the 2022-2023 school year and later.
new text end

Sec. 4.

Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 120B.021, subdivision 3, is amended to read:


Subd. 3.

Rulemaking.

The commissioner, consistent with the requirements of this section
and section 120B.022, must adopt statewide rules under section 14.389 for implementing
statewide rigorous core academic standards in language arts, mathematics, science, deleted text beginsocial
studies,
deleted text end physical education, and the arts. After the rules authorized under this subdivision
are initially adopted, the commissioner may not amend or repeal these rules nor adopt new
rules on the same topic without specific legislative authorization.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective for the 2022-2023 school year and later.
new text end

Sec. 5.

Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 120B.021, subdivision 4, is amended to read:


Subd. 4.

Revisions and reviews required.

(a) The commissioner of education must
revise and appropriately embed technology and information literacy standards consistent
with recommendations from school media specialists into the state's academic standards
and graduation requirements and implement a ten-year cycle to review and, consistent with
the review, revise state academic standards and related benchmarks, consistent with this
subdivision. During each ten-year review and revision cycle, the commissioner also must
examine the alignment of each required academic standard and related benchmark with the
knowledge and skills students need for career and college readiness and advanced work in
the particular subject area. The commissioner must include the contributions of Minnesota
American Indian tribes and communities as related to the academic standards during the
review and revision of the required academic standards.

(b) The commissioner must ensure that the statewide mathematics assessments
administered to students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 are aligned with the state academic
standards in mathematics, consistent with section 120B.30, subdivision 1, paragraph (b).
The commissioner must implement a review of the academic standards and related
benchmarks in mathematics beginning in the 2021-2022 school year and every ten years
thereafter.

(c) The commissioner must implement a review of the academic standards and related
benchmarks in arts beginning in the 2017-2018 school year and every ten years thereafter.

(d) The commissioner must implement a review of the academic standards and related
benchmarks in science beginning in the 2018-2019 school year and every ten years thereafter.

(e) The commissioner must implement a review of the academic standards and related
benchmarks in language arts beginning in the 2019-2020 school year and every ten years
thereafter.

deleted text begin (f) The commissioner must implement a review of the academic standards and related
benchmarks in social studies beginning in the 2020-2021 school year and every ten years
thereafter.
deleted text end

deleted text begin (g)deleted text endnew text begin (f)new text end The commissioner must implement a review of the academic standards and related
benchmarks in physical education beginning in the 2022-2023 school year and every ten
years thereafter.

deleted text begin (h)deleted text end new text begin(g) new text endSchool districts and charter schools must revise and align local academic standards
and high school graduation requirements in new text beginsocial studies, new text endhealth, world languages, and
career and technical education to require students to complete the revised standards beginning
in a school year determined by the school district or charter school. School districts and
charter schools must formally establish a periodic review cycle for the academic standards
and related benchmarks in new text beginsocial studies, new text endhealth, world languages, and career and technical
education.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective for the 2022-2023 school year and later.
new text end

Sec. 6.

Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 120B.024, is amended to read:


120B.024 CREDITS.

Subdivision 1.

Graduation requirements.

(a) Students beginning 9th grade in the
2011-2012 school year and later must successfully complete the following high school level
credits for graduation:

(1) four credits of language arts sufficient to satisfy all of the academic standards in
English language arts;

(2) three credits of mathematics, including an algebra II credit or its equivalent, sufficient
to satisfy all of the academic standards in mathematics;

(3) an algebra I credit by the end of 8th grade sufficient to satisfy all of the 8th grade
standards in mathematics;

(4) three credits of science, including at least one credit of biology, one credit of chemistry
or physics, and one elective credit of science. The combination of credits under this clause
must be sufficient to satisfy (i) all of the academic standards in either chemistry or physics
and (ii) all other academic standards in science;

(5) three and one-half credits of social studies, encompassing at least United States
history, geography, government and citizenship, world history, and economics sufficient
to satisfy all of the new text beginlocal new text endacademic standards in social studies;

(6) one credit of the arts sufficient to satisfy all of the state or local academic standards
in the arts; and

(7) a minimum of seven elective credits.

(b) A school district is encouraged to offer a course for credit in government and
citizenship to 11th or 12th grade students who begin 9th grade in the 2020-2021 school year
and later, that satisfies the government and citizenship requirement in paragraph (a), clause
(5).

Subd. 2.

Credit equivalencies.

(a) A one-half credit of economics taught in a school's
agriculture education or business department may fulfill a one-half credit in social studies
under subdivision 1, clause (5), if the credit is sufficient to satisfy all of the new text beginlocal new text endacademic
standards in economics.

(b) An agriculture science or career and technical education credit may fulfill the elective
science credit required under subdivision 1, clause (4), if the credit meets the state physical
science, life science, earth and space science, chemistry, or physics academic standards or
a combination of these academic standards as approved by the district. An agriculture or
career and technical education credit may fulfill the credit in chemistry or physics required
under subdivision 1, clause (4), if the credit meets the state chemistry or physics academic
standards as approved by the district. A student must satisfy either all of the chemistry
academic standards or all of the physics academic standards prior to graduation. An
agriculture science or career and technical education credit may not fulfill the required
biology credit under subdivision 1, clause (4).

(c) A career and technical education credit may fulfill a mathematics or arts credit
requirement under subdivision 1, clause (2) or (6).

(d) An agriculture education teacher is not required to meet the requirements of Minnesota
Rules, part 3505.1150, subpart 1, item B, to meet the credit equivalency requirements of
paragraph (b) above.

(e) A computer science credit may fulfill a mathematics credit requirement under
subdivision 1, clause (2), if the credit meets state academic standards in mathematics.

(f) A Project Lead the Way credit may fulfill a science or mathematics credit requirement
under subdivision 1, clause (2) or (4), if the credit meets the state academic standards in
science or mathematics.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective for the 2022-2023 school year and later.
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