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HF 2180

as introduced - 87th Legislature (2011 - 2012) Posted on 02/22/2012 04:36pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.
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A bill for an act
relating to education; specifying federal adequate yearly progress measurements;
requiring the lowest performing elementary and high schools to submit to a
turnaround strategy; amending Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 120B.35,
subdivision 2.

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

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 120B.35, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Federal expectations for student academic achievement.

(a) Each
school year, a school district must determine if the student achievement levels at each
school site meet federal expectations. If student achievement levels at a school site do
not meet federal expectations and the site has not made adequate yearly progress for two
consecutive school years, beginning with the 2001-2002 school year, the district must
work with the school site to adopt a plan to raise student achievement levels to meet
federal expectations. The commissioner of education shall establish student academic
achievement levels to comply with this paragraphdeleted text begin.deleted text endnew text begin using adequate yearly progress to
determine annual measurable objectives for all public schools and school districts based
on four domains:
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new text begin (1) student proficiency on statewide assessments demonstrated by the student
subgroups defined in subdivision 3, paragraph (b), clause (2);
new text end

new text begin (2) individual student growth over time measured according to subdivision 3 and
section 120B.299;
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new text begin (3) the rate by which disparities in student growth for black, Asian, Hispanic,
American Indian, and special education students, English language learners, and students
qualifying for a free or reduced price lunch are reduced; and
new text end

new text begin (4) for high schools, a graduation rate based on a federally approved four-year
adjusted cohort formula.
new text end

new text begin The commissioner must calculate and publicly report in a readily accessible format the
data for each domain and the combined domains for all public schools and school districts.
When reporting the data, the commissioner must rank order all public schools and school
districts based on the calculations for each domain and the combined domains.
new text end

(b) new text beginEvery third school year, beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the
commissioner must identify the five percent of lowest performing elementary schools and
the five percent of lowest performing secondary schools with a grade 12 receiving or
eligible to receive Title I funds that have the lowest combined performance based on the
domains in paragraph (a) for Minnesota public elementary or secondary schools. Once
identified, a school must submit to a turnaround strategy beginning in the proximate school
year: be completely redesigned or replaced by a new school; be converted into a charter
school; be transformed into a higher performing school using a rigorous and equitable
principal evaluation system consistent with section 123B.147, and teacher evaluation
system consistent with section 122A.40, subdivision 8, or 122A.41, subdivision 5; or be
closed and have students transferred to other higher performing schools located in the
same school district as the school. Notwithstanding any other law to the contrary, and by
no later than the 2013-2014 school year, only a teacher rated as effective or higher under
section 122A.40, subdivision 8, or 122A.41, subdivision 5, and only a principal rated
as effective or higher under section 123B.147, may be employed in a school subject to
a turnaround strategy under this paragraph. The commissioner, in consultation with the
school principal and teachers selected to work in a lowest performing school under this
paragraph, must develop and implement a plan to improve student and school outcomes.
Notwithstanding any other law to the contrary, the plan must:
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new text begin (1) establish the terms and conditions of employment;
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new text begin (2) contain programmatic options for students;
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new text begin (3) provide professional development opportunities for educators;
new text end

new text begin (4) increase challenging learning opportunities during and outside the school day
targeted to diverse groups of students;
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new text begin (5) increase student engagement and connection and community and family
partnerships; and
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new text begin (6) if the school is an elementary school, provide early childhood activities focused
on preliteracy and literacy, numeracy, and school readiness.
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new text begin A school remains identified as a "lowest performing" school for a minimum of three
school years and until the school demonstrates higher performance in the domains in
paragraph (a) as determined by the commissioner.
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School sites identified as not meeting federal expectations must develop continuous
improvement plans in order to meet federal expectations for student academic
achievement. The department, at a district's request, must assist the district and the school
site in developing a plan to improve student achievement. The plan must include parental
involvement components.

(c) The commissioner must:

(1) assist school sites and districts identified as not meeting federal expectations; and

(2) provide technical assistance to schools that integrate student achievement
measures into the school continuous improvement plan.

(d) The commissioner shall establish and maintain a continuous improvement Web
site designed to make data on every school and district available to parents, teachers,
administrators, community members, and the general public.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment
and applies to the 2012-2013 school year and later.
new text end