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HF 538

as introduced - 90th Legislature (2017 - 2018) Posted on 01/26/2017 02:12pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.
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A bill for an act
relating to education; requiring a personal learning plan for third grade students
who do not read at grade level; requiring that a student who does not meet high
school standards be informed that admission to a public school is free until age
21; amending Minnesota Statutes 2016, sections 120B.12, subdivision 3; 120B.125.


Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 120B.12, subdivision 3, is amended to read:

Subd. 3.


For each student identified under subdivision 2, the district shall
provide reading intervention to accelerate student growth and reach the goal of reading at
or above grade level by the end of the current grade and school year. District intervention
methods shall encourage family engagement and, where possible, collaboration with
appropriate school and community programs. Intervention methods may include, but are
not limited to, requiring attendance in summer school, intensified reading instruction that
may require that the student be removed from the regular classroom for part of the school
day, extended-day programs, or programs that strengthen students' cultural text begin A
student, other than a student under an individualized education program (IEP), who is unable
to demonstrate grade-level proficiency as measured by the statewide reading assessment in
grade 3 shall receive a personal learning plan in a format determined by the school or school
district in consultation with classroom teachers, and developed and updated as needed in
consultation, to the extent practicable, with the student and the student's parents by the
classroom teachers and other qualified school professionals involved with the student's
elementary school progress. A personal learning plan shall address knowledge gaps and
skill deficiencies through strategies such as specific exercises and practices during and
outside of the regular school day, periodic assessments and timelines, and may include grade
retention, if necessary, to meet the student's best interests.
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new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2017.
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Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 120B.125, is amended to read:


(a) Consistent with sections 120B.13, 120B.131, 120B.132, 120B.14, 120B.15, 120B.30,
subdivision 1
, paragraph (c), 125A.08, and other related sections, school districts, beginning
in the 2013-2014 school year, must assist all students by no later than grade 9 to explore
their educational, college, and career interests, aptitudes, and aspirations and develop a plan
for a smooth and successful transition to postsecondary education or employment. All
students' plans must:

(1) provide a comprehensive plan to prepare for and complete a career and college ready
curriculum by meeting state and local academic standards and developing career and
employment-related skills such as team work, collaboration, creativity, communication,
critical thinking, and good work habits;

(2) emphasize academic rigor and high expectationsnew text begin, and inform the student and their
parent or guardian, if the student is a minor, of the student's achievement level score on the
Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments that are administered during high school
new text end;

(3) help students identify interests, aptitudes, aspirations, and personal learning styles
that may affect their career and college ready goals and postsecondary education and
employment choices;

(4) set appropriate career and college ready goals with timelines that identify effective
means for achieving those goals;

(5) help students access education and career options;

(6) integrate strong academic content into career-focused courses and applied and
experiential learning opportunities and integrate relevant career-focused courses and applied
and experiential learning opportunities into strong academic content;

(7) help identify and access appropriate counseling and other supports 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;

(8) help identify collaborative partnerships among prekindergarten through grade 12
schools, postsecondary institutions, economic development agencies, and local and regional
employers that support students' transition to postsecondary education and employment and
provide students with applied and experiential learning opportunities; and

(9) 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 making adequate progress to meet state and local academic standards and 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 or pursue a career, career interest, employment goals, or related job training.

(c) Educators must possess the knowledge and skills to effectively teach all English
learners in their classrooms. School districts must provide appropriate curriculum, targeted
materials, professional development opportunities for educators, and sufficient resources
to enable English learners to become career and college ready.

(d) When assisting students in developing a plan for a smooth and successful transition
to postsecondary education and employment, districts must recognize the unique possibilities
of each student and ensure that the contents of each student's plan reflect the student's unique
talents, skills, and abilities as the student grows, develops, and learns.

(e) If a student with a disability has an individualized education program (IEP) or
standardized written plan that meets the plan components of this section, the IEP satisfies
the requirement and no additional transition plan is needed.

new text begin (f) Students who do not meet or exceed Minnesota academic standards, as measured by
the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments that are administered during high school, shall
be informed that admission to a public school is free and available to any resident under 21
years of age or who meets the requirements of section 120A.20, subdivision 1, paragraph
(c). A student's plan under this section shall continue while the student is enrolled.
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new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2017.
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