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HF 44

as introduced - 88th Legislature (2013 - 2014) Posted on 01/10/2013 12:14pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.
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A bill for an act
relating to education; requiring the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities
Board of Trustees to consider student performance on an Armed Services
Vocational Aptitude Battery as a means to determine eligibility for admission;
including career readiness assessment in planning for students' successful
transition to postsecondary education and employment; amending Minnesota
Statutes 2012, sections 120B.125; 136F.06, by adding a subdivision.


Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 120B.125, is amended to read:


(a) Consistent with sections 120B.128, 120B.13, 120B.131, 120B.132, 120B.14,
120B.15, 125A.08, and other related sections, school districts are strongly encouraged to
assist all students by no later than grade 9 to explore their college and career interests and
aspirations and develop a plan for a smooth and successful transition to postsecondary
education or employment. All students' plans must be designed to:

(1) provide a comprehensive academic plan for completing a college and
career-ready curriculum premised on meeting state and local academic standards and
developing 21st century skills such as team work, collaboration, and good work habits;

(2) emphasize academic rigor and high expectations;

(3) help students identify personal learning styles that may affect their postsecondary
education and employment choices;

(4) help students succeed at gaining access to postsecondary education and career

(5) integrate strong academic content into career-focused courses and integrate
relevant career-focused courses into strong academic content;

(6) help students and families identify and gain access to appropriate counseling
and other supportsnew text begin, tools related to career readiness assessment including the Armed
Services Vocational Aptitude Battery-Career Exploration Program,
new text end and assistance that
enable students to complete required coursework, prepare for postsecondary education
and careers, and obtain information about postsecondary education costs and eligibility
for financial aid and scholarship;

(7) help students and families identify collaborative partnerships of kindergarten
through grade 12 schools, postsecondary institutions, economic development agenciesnew text begin,
armed forces
new text end, and employers that support students' transition to postsecondary education
and employment and provide students with experiential learning opportunities; and

(8) be reviewed and revised at least annually by the student, the student's parent or
guardian, and the school or district to ensure that the student's course-taking schedule
keeps the student "on track" to meet state and local high school graduation requirements
and with a reasonable chance to succeed with employment or postsecondary education
without the need to first complete remedial course work.

(b) A school district may develop grade-level curricula or provide instruction that
introduces students to various careers, but must not require any curriculum, instruction,
or employment-related activity that obligates an elementary or secondary student to
involuntarily select a career, career interest, employment goals, or related job training.

(c) School districts are encouraged to seek and use revenue and in-kind contributions
from nonstate sources and to seek administrative cost savings through innovative local
funding arrangements, such as the Collaboration Among Rochester Educators (CARE)
model for funding postsecondary enrollment options, among other sources, for purposes
of implementing this section.

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 136F.06, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:

new text begin Subd. 6. new text end

new text begin Conditions for admission; Armed Services Vocational Aptitude
new text end

new text begin The board must consider using student performance on the Armed Services
Vocational Aptitude Battery as a means to determine eligibility for admission.
new text end