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HF 4331

as introduced - 90th Legislature (2017 - 2018) Posted on 04/12/2018 04:47pm

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A bill for an act
relating to education; requiring a credit in government and citizenship for high
school graduation; amending Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 120B.024,
subdivision 1; Minnesota Statutes 2017 Supplement, section 120B.36, subdivision
1.

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

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 120B.024, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Graduation requirements.

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, including a credit for a specific course
in government and citizenship in either 11th or 12th grade for students beginning 9th grade
in the 2020-2021 school year and later, and a combination of other credits
encompassing
at least United States history, geography, government and citizenship, world history, and
economics sufficient to satisfy all of the academic 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.

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2017 Supplement, section 120B.36, subdivision 1, is amended
to read:


Subdivision 1.

School performance reports and public reporting.

(a) The commissioner
shall report student academic performance data under section 120B.35, subdivisions 2 and
3; the percentages of students showing low, medium, and high growth under section 120B.35,
subdivision 3
, paragraph (b); school safety and student engagement and connection under
section 120B.35, subdivision 3, paragraph (d); rigorous coursework under section 120B.35,
subdivision 3
, paragraph (c); the percentage of students under section 120B.35, subdivision
3
, paragraph (b), clause (2), whose progress and performance levels are meeting career and
college readiness benchmarks under sections 120B.30, subdivision 1, and 120B.35,
subdivision 3
, paragraph (e); longitudinal data on the progress of eligible districts in reducing
disparities in students' academic achievement and realizing racial and economic integration
under section 124D.861; the acquisition of English, and where practicable, native language
academic literacy, including oral academic language, and the academic progress of all
English learners enrolled in a Minnesota public school course or program who are currently
or were previously counted as English learners under section 124D.59; the percentage of
students who graduated in the previous school year and correctly answered at least 30 of
50 civics test questions in accordance with section 120B.02, subdivision 3;
two separate
student-to-teacher ratios that clearly indicate the definition of teacher consistent with sections
122A.06 and 122A.15 for purposes of determining these ratios; staff characteristics excluding
salaries; student enrollment demographics; foster care status, including all students enrolled
in a Minnesota public school course or program who are currently or were previously in
foster care, student homelessness, and district mobility; and extracurricular activities.

(b) The school performance report for a school site and a school district must include
school performance reporting information and calculate proficiency rates as required by the
most recently reauthorized Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

(c) The commissioner shall develop, annually update, and post on the department Web
site school performance reports consistent with paragraph (a) and section 120B.11.

(d) The commissioner must make available performance reports by the beginning of
each school year.

(e) A school or district may appeal its results in a form and manner determined by the
commissioner and consistent with federal law. The commissioner's decision to uphold or
deny an appeal is final.

(f) School performance data are nonpublic data under section 13.02, subdivision 9, until
the commissioner publicly releases the data. The commissioner shall annually post school
performance reports to the department's public Web site no later than September 1, except
that in years when the reports reflect new performance standards, the commissioner shall
post the school performance reports no later than October 1.

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