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HF 2054

as introduced - 87th Legislature (2011 - 2012) Posted on 02/01/2012 11:40am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
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A bill for an act
relating to education; making proficiency in a second world language a
requirement for high school graduation; requiring rulemaking; amending
Minnesota Statutes 2010, sections 120B.021; 120B.022, subdivision 1;
120B.023, subdivision 2; 120B.024.

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

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 120B.021, is amended to read:


120B.021 REQUIRED ACADEMIC STANDARDS.

Subdivision 1.

Required academic standards.

The following subject areas are
required for statewide accountability:

(1) language arts;

(2) mathematics;

(3) science;

(4) social studies, including history, geography, economics, and government and
citizenship;

(5) physical education;

(6) health, for which locally developed academic standards apply; deleted text beginand
deleted text end

(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 artsdeleted text begin.deleted text endnew text begin; and
new text end

new text begin (8) world languages where graduating high school seniors demonstrate an
intermediate-low level of proficiency based on the most current guidelines of the
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.
new text end

The commissioner must submit proposed standards in science and social studies to
the legislature by February 1, 2004.

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
plan team has determined that the required academic standards are inappropriate.
An individualized education plan team that makes this determination must establish
alternative standards.

new text begin With the exception of the world languages graduation requirement under clause
(8),
new text enda school district, no later than the 2007-2008 school year, must adopt graduation
requirements that meet or exceed state graduation requirements established in law or
rule. A school district that incorporates these state graduation requirements before the
2007-2008 school year must provide students who enter the 9th grade in or before
the 2003-2004 school year the opportunity to earn a diploma based on existing locally
established graduation requirements in effect when the students entered the 9th grade. new text beginA
district must adopt a world languages graduation requirement under clause (8) that applies
beginning with 9th grade students in the 2012-2013 school year and later.
new text endnew text begin new text endDistrict 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.

The commissioner must include the contributions of Minnesota American Indian
tribes and communities as they relate to the academic standards during the review and
revision of the required academic standards.

Subd. 1a.

Rigorous course of study; waiver.

(a) Upon receiving a student's
application signed by the student's parent or guardian, a school district, area learning
center, or charter school must declare that a student meets or exceeds a specific academic
standard required for graduation under this section if the local school board, the school
board of the school district in which the area learning center is located, or the charter
school board of directors determines that the student:

(1) is participating in a course of study, including an advanced placement or
international baccalaureate course or program; a learning opportunity outside the
curriculum of the district, area learning center, or charter school; or an approved
preparatory program for employment or postsecondary education that is equally or more
rigorous than the corresponding state or local academic standard required by the district,
area learning center, or charter school;

(2) would be precluded from participating in the rigorous course of study, learning
opportunity, or preparatory employment or postsecondary education program if the student
were required to achieve the academic standard to be waived; and

(3) satisfactorily completes the requirements for the rigorous course of study,
learning opportunity, or preparatory employment or postsecondary education program.

Consistent with the requirements of this section, the local school board, the school board
of the school district in which the area learning center is located, or the charter school
board of directors also may formally determine other circumstances in which to declare
that a student meets or exceeds a specific academic standard that the site requires for
graduation under this section.

(b) A student who satisfactorily completes a postsecondary enrollment options
course or program under section 124D.09, or an advanced placement or international
baccalaureate course or program under section 120B.13, is not required to complete other
requirements of the academic standards corresponding to that specific rigorous course
of study.

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, social studies, including history,
geography, economics, government and citizenship, deleted text beginanddeleted text end the artsnew text begin, and world languagesnew text end:

(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, social studies, deleted text beginordeleted text end the artsnew text begin, or world languagesnew text end 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.

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, social studies, deleted text beginanddeleted text end the artsnew text begin, and world languagesnew text end. 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. The
academic standards for language arts, mathematics, and the arts must be implemented for
all students beginning in the 2003-2004 school year. The academic standards for science
and social studies must be implemented for all students beginning in the 2005-2006 school
year.new text begin The academic standards for world languages must be implemented beginning with
all 9th grade students in the 2012-2013 school year.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment
and applies beginning with all 9th grade students in the 2012-2013 school year and later.
new text end

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 120B.022, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Elective standards.

(a) A district must establish its own standards in
deleted text begin the following subject areas:
deleted text end

deleted text begin (1)deleted text end vocational and technical educationdeleted text begin; anddeleted text endnew text begin.
new text end

deleted text begin (2) world languages.
deleted text end

A school district must offer courses in all elective subject areas.

(b) new text beginConsistent with sections 120B.021 and 120B.023, subdivision 2, paragraph
(g), and to the extent students speak or are interested in becoming proficient speakers in
multiple world languages,
new text endworld languages teachers and other school staff should develop
and implement world languages programs that acknowledge and reinforce the language
proficiency and cultural awareness that non-English language speakers already possess,
and encourage students' proficiency in multiple world languages. Programs under this
paragraph must encompass indigenous American Indian languages and cultures, among
other world languages and cultures. The department shall consult with postsecondary
institutions in developing related professional development opportunities.

(c) Any Minnesota public, charter, or nonpublic school may award Minnesota
World Language Proficiency Certificates or Minnesota World Language Proficiency High
Achievement Certificates, consistent with this subdivision.

The Minnesota World Language Proficiency Certificate recognizes students who
demonstrate listening, speaking, reading, and writing language skills at the American
Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages' Intermediate-Low level on a valid and
reliable assessment tool. For languages listed as Category 3 by the United States Foreign
Service Institute or Category 4 by the United States Defense Language Institute, the
standard is Intermediate-Low for listening and speaking and Novice-High for reading
and writing.

The Minnesota World Language Proficiency High Achievement Certificate
recognizes students who demonstrate listening, speaking, reading, and writing language
skills at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages' Pre-Advanced level
for K-12 learners on a valid and reliable assessment tool. For languages listed as Category
3 by the United States Foreign Service Institute or Category 4 by the United States
Defense Language Institute, the standard is Pre-Advanced for listening and speaking and
Intermediate-Mid for reading and writing.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment
and applies beginning with all 9th grade students in the 2012-2013 school year and later.
new text end

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 120B.023, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

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 review cycle for state academic standards
and related benchmarks, consistent with this subdivision. During each review cycle, the
commissioner also must examine the alignment of each required academic standard and
related benchmark with the knowledge and skills students need for college readiness and
advanced work in the particular subject area.

(b) The commissioner in the 2006-2007 school year must revise and align the state's
academic standards and high school graduation requirements in mathematics to require
that students satisfactorily complete the revised mathematics standards, beginning in the
2010-2011 school year. Under the revised standards:

(1) students must satisfactorily complete an algebra I credit by the end of eighth
grade; and

(2) students scheduled to graduate in the 2014-2015 school year or later must
satisfactorily complete an algebra II credit or its equivalent.

The commissioner also 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 2015-2016 school year.

(c) The commissioner in the 2007-2008 school year must revise and align the state's
academic standards and high school graduation requirements in the arts to require that
students satisfactorily complete the revised arts standards beginning in the 2010-2011
school year. The commissioner must implement a review of the academic standards and
related benchmarks in arts beginning in the 2016-2017 school year.

(d) The commissioner in the 2008-2009 school year must revise and align the state's
academic standards and high school graduation requirements in science to require that
students satisfactorily complete the revised science standards, beginning in the 2011-2012
school year. Under the revised standards, students scheduled to graduate in the 2014-2015
school year or later must satisfactorily complete a chemistry or physics credit. The
commissioner must implement a review of the academic standards and related benchmarks
in science beginning in the 2017-2018 school year.

(e) The commissioner in the 2009-2010 school year must revise and align the state's
academic standards and high school graduation requirements in language arts to require
that students satisfactorily complete the revised language arts standards beginning in the
2012-2013 school year. The commissioner must implement a review of the academic
standards and related benchmarks in language arts beginning in the 2018-2019 school year.

(f) The commissioner in the 2010-2011 school year must revise and align the state's
academic standards and high school graduation requirements in social studies to require
that students satisfactorily complete the revised social studies standards beginning in the
2013-2014 school year. The commissioner must implement a review of the academic
standards and related benchmarks in social studies beginning in the 2019-2020 school year.

new text begin (g) The commissioner in the 2011-2012 school year must establish state world
languages academic standards, supplemented by related benchmarks, that require students
beginning 9th grade in the 2012-2013 school year and later, as a condition of graduating
from a public high school, to demonstrate an intermediate-low level of proficiency based
on the most current guidelines of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign
Languages. Consistent with section 120B.022, subdivision 1, paragraph (b), governing
the language proficiency and cultural awareness of non-English language speakers, an
intermediate-low level of proficiency in a world language other than English that is
recognized by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages satisfies
the requirements of this paragraph. The commissioner must implement a review of
the academic standards and related benchmarks in world languages beginning in the
2017-2018 school year.
new text end

deleted text begin (g)deleted text endnew text begin (h)new text end School districts and charter schools must revise and align local academic
standards and high school graduation requirements in healthdeleted text begin, world languages,deleted text end 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 healthdeleted text begin, world languages,deleted text end and career and technical education.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment
and applies beginning with all 9th grade students in the 2012-2013 school year and later.
new text end

Sec. 4.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 120B.024, is amended to read:


120B.024 GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS; COURSE CREDITS.

(a) Students beginning 9th grade in the 2004-2005 school year and later must
successfully complete the following high school level course credits for graduationnew text begin,
except the three credits of world languages and four elective course credits which apply
beginning in the 2012-2013 school year and later
new text end:

(1) four credits of language arts;

(2) three credits of mathematics, encompassing at least algebra, geometry, statistics,
and probability sufficient to satisfy the academic standard;

(3) three credits of science, including at least one credit in biology;

(4) three and one-half credits of social studies, encompassing at least United
States history, geography, government and citizenship, world history, and economics or
three credits of social studies encompassing at least United States history, geography,
government and citizenship, and world history, and one-half credit of economics taught in
a school's social studies, agriculture education, or business department;

(5) one credit in the arts; deleted text beginand
deleted text end

new text begin (6) three credits of world languages; and
new text end

deleted text begin (6)deleted text endnew text begin (7)new text end a minimum of deleted text beginsevendeleted text endnew text begin fournew text end elective course credits.

A course credit is equivalent to a student successfully completing an academic
year of study or a student mastering the applicable subject matter, as determined by the
local school district.

(b) An agriculture science course may fulfill a science credit requirement in addition
to the specified science credits in biology and chemistry or physics under paragraph (a),
clause (3).

(c) A career and technical education course may fulfill a science, mathematics, or
arts credit requirement in addition to the specified science, mathematics, or arts credits
under paragraph (a), clause (2), (3), or (5).

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment
and applies beginning with all 9th grade students in the 2012-2013 school year and later.
new text end