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SF 485

as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 05/14/2020 08:18am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to education; providing for competency-based education; amending
Minnesota Statutes 2018, sections 120B.02, by adding a subdivision; 123B.06.


Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 120B.02, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:

new text begin Subd. 1a. new text end

new text begin Competency-based education. new text end

new text begin (a) A school district or charter school may
adopt a locally developed competency-based education plan to allow students to meet
academic standards, earn credits, and advance to higher levels of learning by demonstrating
mastery of required state standards, regardless of the time or pace of learning. The local
plan may be implemented in individual school sites within a school district or districtwide.
Competency-based education is designed to improve educational outcomes for students by
advancing their mastery of concepts and skills.
new text end

new text begin (b) A school district or charter school that adopts a competency-based education plan
must include a description of the following in its long-term strategic plan under section
120B.11 or annual public report under section 124E.16 and post on the website:
new text end

new text begin (1) how the plan's components align with required state standards and the goals included
in its world's best workforce plan under section 120B.11;
new text end

new text begin (2) how competencies include explicit and measurable student learning objectives;
new text end

new text begin (3) how students master competencies along a personalized and flexible pathway. A
student may demonstrate their mastery of competencies through their successful performance
of the competencies, application of the competencies, or both;
new text end

new text begin (4) how local assessments are used to personalize learning experiences for a student;
new text end

new text begin (5) how students receive timely and personalized support based on their individual
learning needs.
new text end

new text begin (c) A school district or charter school with a competency-based education plan must
administer the required statewide assessments to all of its students in the appropriate grade
levels consistent with section 120B.30.
new text end

new text begin (d) Average daily membership for a student participating in a competency-based education
is subject to the limits under section 126C.05, subdivision 8.
new text end

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 123B.06, is amended to read:


Each school district shall provide deleted text begin a testingdeleted text end new text begin an assessment new text end program for the purpose of
measuring pupil growth and for curriculum evaluation, as well as a system for grading and
making reports to parents. Each district shall develop an appropriate program of pupil
progress and promotion new text begin that may include competency-based education as described in
section 120B.02, subdivision 1a,
new text end for its elementary, middle, and secondary schools. Each
district shall keep accurate and complete individual, permanent, cumulative personal records
for all pupils.