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HF 332

as introduced - 89th Legislature (2015 - 2016) Posted on 03/10/2015 07:55am

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

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A bill for an act
relating to education; modifying childhood literacy provisions; amending
Minnesota Statutes 2014, sections 120B.12, subdivision 4a; 124D.98; 125A.01;
126C.15, subdivision 1.

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

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 120B.12, subdivision 4a, is amended to
read:


Subd. 4a.

Local literacy plan.

new text begin(a) new text endConsistent with this section, a school district
must adopt a local literacy plan to have every child reading at or above grade level no
later than the end of grade 3, including English learners. The plan mustnew text begin be consistent with
section 122A.06, subdivision 4, and
new text end include new text beginthe following:
new text end

new text begin (1) new text enda process to assess students' level of reading proficiencydeleted text begin,deleted text endnew text begin and data to support the
effectiveness of an assessment used to screen and identify a student's level of reading
proficiency;
new text end

new text begin (2) a process tonew text end notify and involve parentsdeleted text begin, intervene withdeleted text endnew text begin;
new text end

new text begin (3) a description of how schools in the district will determine the proper reading
intervention strategy for a student and the process for intensifying or modifying the
reading strategy in order to obtain measurable reading progress;
new text end

new text begin (4) evidence-based intervention methods fornew text end students who are not reading at or
above grade leveldeleted text begin, and identify and meetdeleted text endnew text begin and progress-monitoring to provide information
on the effectiveness of the intervention;
new text end

new text begin (5) identification ofnew text end staff development needsnew text begin, including a program to meet those
needs; and
new text end

new text begin (6) a description of how schools in the district will provide explicit and systematic
instruction in basic phonology and language decoding skills
new text end.

new text begin (b) new text endThe district must post its literacy plan on the official school district Web site.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective for fiscal year 2016 and later.
new text end

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 124D.98, is amended to read:


124D.98 LITERACY INCENTIVE AID.

Subdivision 1.

Literacy incentive aid.

deleted text beginIn fiscal year 2013 and later,deleted text end A district's
literacy incentive aid equals the sum of the proficiency aid under subdivision 2, and the
growth aid under subdivision 3.

Subd. 2.

Proficiency aid.

deleted text beginIn fiscal year 2013 and later,deleted text end The proficiency aid for
each school new text beginin a district that has submitted to the commissioner its local literacy plan
under section 120B.12, subdivision 4a,
new text endis equal to the product of the school's proficiency
allowance times the number of third grade pupils at the school on October 1 of the previous
fiscal year. A school's proficiency allowance is equal to the percentage of students in
each building that meet or exceed proficiency on the third grade reading Minnesota
Comprehensive Assessment, averaged across the previous three test administrations,
times $530.

Subd. 3.

Growth aid.

deleted text beginIn fiscal year 2013 and later,deleted text end The growth aid for each school
new text beginin a district that has submitted to the commissioner its local literacy plan under section
120B.12, subdivision 4a,
new text endis equal to the product of the school's growth allowance times
the number of fourth grade pupils enrolled at the school on October 1 of the previous
fiscal year. A school's growth allowance is equal to the percentage of students at that
school making medium or high growth, under section 120B.299, on the fourth grade
reading Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment, averaged across the previous three test
administrations, times $530.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective for fiscal year 2016 and later.
new text end

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 125A.01, is amended to read:


125A.01 DEFINITIONS.

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin General application. new text end

For purposes of this chapter, the words defined
in section 120A.05 have the same meaning.

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Dyslexia. new text end

new text begin "Dyslexia" means a specific learning disability that is
neurological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate or fluent recognition
of words and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result
from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in
relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction.
Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced
reading experience that can impede the growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.
new text end

Sec. 4.

Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 126C.15, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Use of revenue.

The basic skills revenue under section 126C.10,
subdivision 4
, must be reserved and used to meet the educational needs of pupils who
enroll under-prepared to learn and whose progress toward meeting state or local content
or performance standards is below the level that is appropriate for learners of their age.
Basic skills revenue may also be used for programs designed to prepare children and their
families for entry into school whether the student first enrolls in kindergarten or first grade.
Any of the following may be provided to meet these learners' needs:

(1) direct instructional services under the assurance of mastery program according
to section 124D.66;

(2) remedial instruction in reading, language arts, mathematics, other content areas,
or study skills to improve the achievement level of these learners;

(3) additional teachers and teacher aides to provide more individualized instruction
to these learners through individual tutoring, lower instructor-to-learner ratios, or team
teaching;

(4) a longer school day or week during the regular school year or through a summer
program that may be offered directly by the site or under a performance-based contract
with a community-based organization;

(5) comprehensive and ongoing staff development consistent with district and site
plans according to section 122A.60new text begin and to implement plans under section 120B.12,
subdivision 4a
new text end, for teachers, teacher aides, principals, and other personnel to improve
their ability to identify the needs of these learners and provide appropriate remediation,
intervention, accommodations, or modifications;

(6) instructional materials, digital learning, and technology appropriate for meeting
the individual needs of these learners;

(7) programs to reduce truancy, encourage completion of high school, enhance
self-concept, provide health services, provide nutrition services, provide a safe and secure
learning environment, provide coordination for pupils receiving services from other
governmental agencies, provide psychological services to determine the level of social,
emotional, cognitive, and intellectual development, and provide counseling services,
guidance services, and social work services;

(8) bilingual programs, bicultural programs, and programs for English learners;

(9) all-day kindergarten;

(10) early education programs, parent-training programs, school readiness programs,
kindergarten programs for four-year-olds, voluntary home visits under section 124D.13,
subdivision 4, and other outreach efforts designed to prepare children for kindergarten;

(11) extended school day and extended school year programs; and

(12) substantial parent involvement in developing and implementing remedial
education or intervention plans for a learner, including learning contracts between the
school, the learner, and the parent that establish achievement goals and responsibilities of
the learner and the learner's parent or guardian.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective for fiscal year 2016 and later.
new text end