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SF 990

as introduced - 89th Legislature (2015 - 2016) Posted on 04/08/2015 09:19am

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A bill for an act
relating to education; providing for a digital student achievement backpack;
proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 127A.

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

Section 1.

new text begin [127A.058] STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT BACKPACK.
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new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Definitions. new text end

new text begin For the purposes of this section, the following terms
have the meanings given them:
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new text begin (1) "authorized local education agency user" means a teacher or other person who is:
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new text begin (i) employed by a school that provides instruction to a student; and
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new text begin (ii) authorized to access data in a student achievement backpack;
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new text begin (2) "local education agency" means:
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new text begin (i) a school district;
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new text begin (ii) a charter school;
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new text begin (iii) a charter school authorizer;
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new text begin (iv) an educational cooperative;
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new text begin (v) an intermediate school district; or
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new text begin (vi) an education district;
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new text begin (3) "student achievement backpack" means, for a student from kindergarten through
grade 12, a complete learner profile that:
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new text begin (i) is in electronic format;
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new text begin (ii) follows the student from grade-to-grade and school-to-school;
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new text begin (iii) is accessible by the student's parent or guardian; and
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new text begin (iv) is accessible by an authorized local education agency user upon parental
authorization; and
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new text begin (4) "Minnesota Student Record Center" means a repository of student data collected
from local education agencies as part of the state's longitudinal data system that is:
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new text begin (i) comanaged by the Department of Education;
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new text begin (ii) cloud-based; and
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new text begin (iii) accessible via a Web browser to authorized local education agency users.
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new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Student achievement backpack. new text end

new text begin (a) The commissioner of education
must use the comprehensive data collection system coordinated by the Office of Higher
Education, Department of Education, and the Department of Employment and Economic
Development, that collects longitudinal student transcript data from schools and the
unique student identifiers, to allow the following to access a student's student achievement
backpack:
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new text begin (1) the student's parent or guardian;
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new text begin (2) each local education agency that provides instruction to the student;
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new text begin (3) each course provider that is currently providing instruction to the student and has
been authorized by the student's parent or guardian; and
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new text begin (4) each education service provider that is currently providing content or educational
services to the student and has been authorized by the student's parent or guardian.
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new text begin (b) The commissioner must ensure that a student achievement backpack:
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new text begin (1) provides a uniform, transparent reporting mechanism for individual student's
progress;
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new text begin (2) provides a complete learner history for postsecondary planning;
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new text begin (3) provides a teacher with visibility into a student's complete learner profile to better
inform instruction and personalize education;
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new text begin (4) assists a teacher or administrator in diagnosing a student's learning needs through
data already collected by the department;
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new text begin (5) facilitates a student's parent or guardian taking an active role in the student's
education by simplifying access to the student's complete learner profile; and
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new text begin (6) serves as additional disaster mitigation for local education agencies by using a
cloud-based data storage and collection system that complies with all state and federal
privacy laws.
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new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Minnesota Student Record Center. new text end

new text begin (a) The commissioner must establish
a Minnesota Student Record Center using existing information collected and used by the
Statewide Longitudinal Education Data System.
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new text begin (b) The Student Record Center may, upon parental authorization, allow an authorized
local education agency user to:
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new text begin (1) access data in a student achievement backpack relevant to the user's school; or
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new text begin (2) request student records be transferred from one school to another.
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new text begin (c) The commissioner must implement security measures to ensure that student data
stored or transmitted to or from the record center is secure and confidential pursuant to
state and federal requirements, and that an authorized local education agency user may
only access student data that is relevant to the user's local education agency or school.
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new text begin (d) A student's parent or guardian may request the student's student achievement
backpack from the local education agency or school in which the student is enrolled.
School districts must provide a parent or guardian with an electronic copy of the parent's
or guardian's child's educational record upon request.
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new text begin (e) The commissioner must develop policies for school districts that:
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new text begin (1) ensure student data is provided only to the authorized individuals;
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new text begin (2) ensure that school districts have a plan to allow parents and guardians to securely
view online, download, and transmit data specific to their child's educational record;
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new text begin (3) annually notify parents and guardians of their right to request their child's
student records;
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new text begin (4) ensure student records are securely shared with parents and guardians;
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new text begin (5) detail the time frame within which student record requests must be provided; and
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new text begin (6) the information provided in this section will be available via a secure online
portal and via hard copy upon request.
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new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Data accessibility. new text end

new text begin (a) No later than June 30, 2016, an authorized local
education agency user shall be able to access student data in a student achievement
backpack, which shall include the following data or request the data be transferred from
one local education agency to another:
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new text begin (1) student demographics;
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new text begin (2) course grades;
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new text begin (3) course history; and
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new text begin (4) results for state-mandated assessments.
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new text begin (b) No later than June 30, 2017, an authorized local education agency user shall be
able to access student data in a student achievement backpack, which shall include the
data listed in paragraph (a), clauses (1) to (4), and the following data, or request the data
be transferred from one local education agency to another:
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new text begin (1) attendance records;
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new text begin (2) the name of a student's teacher for classes or courses the student takes and the
teacher's qualifications, including years of experience, degree, license, and endorsement;
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new text begin (3) results of formative, interim, and summative computer adaptive assessments;
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new text begin (4) detailed data demonstrating a student's mastery of state academic standards;
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new text begin (5) for students in grade 8 or higher, results from career and college readiness
assessments;
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new text begin (6) for students in kindergarten and grades 1 and 2, reading proficiency level
according to section 120B.12; and
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new text begin (7) federal free or reduced-price lunch program eligibility.
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new text begin (c) No later than June 30, 2018, the commissioner must ensure that data collected in
the Minnesota Student Record Center for a student achievement backpack are integrated
into each local education agency student information system and shall be made available
to a student's parent or guardian and an authorized local education agency user in an
easily accessible viewing format. The commissioner must engage stakeholders, including
parents and principals, to ensure that the information meets their needs, is easy to find on
the state Web site, and easy to read for a parent without a high school degree.
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