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                            CHAPTER 500-S.F.No. 3286 
                  An act relating to education; balancing statewide 
                  accountability and district autonomy under the profile 
                  of learning; amending grading criteria and 
                  recordkeeping practices; amending Minnesota Statutes 
                  1998, sections 120A.41; and 120B.03, by adding 
                  subdivisions; Minnesota Statutes 1999 Supplement, 
                  sections 120B.02; 120B.30, subdivision 1; and 120B.35; 
                  repealing Minnesota Statutes 1998, sections 120B.03, 
                  subdivisions 1, 2, and 3; and 120B.04; Minnesota 
                  Rules, parts 3501.0330, subpart 2, item A; 3501.0330, 
                  subpart 7, item B; 3501.0360; 3501.0370, subparts 1, 
                  2, and 4; 3501.0420, subpart 1, item D, and subpart 4; 
                  and 3501.0430. 
        BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: 
           Section 1.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 120A.41, is 
        amended to read: 
           120A.41 [LENGTH OF SCHOOL YEAR; DAYS OF INSTRUCTION.] 
           A school board's annual school calendar must include at 
        least three additional days of student instruction or staff 
        development training related to implementing section 120B.03, 
        subdivision 1a, paragraph (f), beyond the number of days of 
        student instruction the board formally adopted as its school 
        calendar at the beginning of the 1996-1997 school year. 
           Sec. 2.  Minnesota Statutes 1999 Supplement, section 
        120B.02, is amended to read: 
           120B.02 [RESULTS-ORIENTED GRADUATION RULE; BASIC SKILLS 
        REQUIREMENTS; PROFILE OF LEARNING.] 
           (a) The legislature is committed to establishing a 
        rigorous, results-oriented graduation rule for Minnesota's 
        public school students.  To that end, the commissioner shall use 
        its rulemaking authority under section 127A.05, subdivision 4, 
        to adopt a statewide, results-oriented graduation rule to be 
        implemented starting with students beginning ninth grade in the 
        1996-1997 school year.  The commissioner shall not prescribe in 
        rule or otherwise the delivery system or form of instruction 
        that local school sites must use to meet the requirements 
        contained in this rule.  For purposes of this chapter, a school 
        site is a separate facility, or a separate program within a 
        facility that a local school board recognizes as a school site.  
           (b) To successfully accomplish paragraph (a), the 
        commissioner shall set in rule high academic standards for all 
        students.  The standards must contain the foundational skills in 
        the three core curricular areas of reading, writing, and 
        mathematics while meeting requirements for high school 
        graduation.  The standards must also provide an opportunity for 
        students to excel by meeting higher academic standards through a 
        profile of learning that uses curricular requirements to allow 
        students to expand their knowledge and skills beyond the 
        foundational skills.  All commissioner actions regarding the 
        rule must be premised on the following:  
           (1) the rule is intended to raise academic expectations for 
        students, teachers, and schools; 
           (2) any state action regarding the rule must evidence 
        consideration of school district autonomy; and 
           (3) the department of children, families, and learning, 
        with the assistance of school districts, must make available 
        information about all state initiatives related to the rule to 
        students and parents, teachers, and the general public in a 
        timely format that is appropriate, comprehensive, and readily 
        understandable. 
           (c) For purposes of adopting the rule, the commissioner, in 
        consultation with the department, recognized psychometric 
        experts in assessment, and other interested and knowledgeable 
        educators, using the most current version of professional 
        standards for educational testing, shall evaluate the 
        alternative approaches to assessment.  
           (d) The content of the graduation rule must differentiate 
        between minimum competencies reflected in the basic requirements 
        assessment and rigorous profile of learning standards.  When 
        fully implemented, the requirements for high school graduation 
        in Minnesota must include both basic requirements and the 
        required profile of learning.  The profile of learning must 
        measure student performance using performance-based assessments 
        compiled over time that integrate higher academic standards, 
        higher order thinking skills, and application of knowledge from 
        a variety of content areas.  The profile of learning shall 
        include a broad range of academic experience and accomplishment 
        necessary to achieve the goal of preparing students to function 
        effectively as purposeful thinkers, effective communicators, 
        self-directed learners, productive group participants, and 
        responsible citizens.  The commissioner shall develop and 
        disseminate to school districts a uniform method for reporting 
        student performance on the profile of learning.  
           (e) The profile of learning contains the following learning 
        areas: 
           (1) read, listen, and view; 
           (2) write and speak; 
           (3) arts and literature; 
           (4) mathematical concepts and applications; 
           (5) inquiry and research; 
           (6) scientific concepts and applications; 
           (7) social studies; 
           (8) physical education and lifetime fitness; 
           (9) economics and business; 
           (10) world languages; and 
           (11) technical and vocational education. 
           (f) The commissioner shall periodically review and report 
        on the assessment process and student achievement with the 
        expectation of raising the standards and expanding high school 
        graduation requirements. 
           (f) The commissioner shall report in writing to the 
        legislature annually by January 15 on its progress in developing 
        and implementing the graduation requirements according to the 
        requirements of this subdivision and section 120B.10 until such 
        time as all the graduation requirements are implemented. 
           (g) Beginning August 31, 2000, the commissioner must 
        publish, including in electronic format for the Internet, a 
        report, by school site, area learning center, and charter 
        school, of: 
           (1) the required preparatory content standards; 
           (2) the high school content standards required for 
        graduation; and 
           (3) the number of student waivers the district, area 
        learning center, or charter school approves under section 
        120B.03, subdivisions 4, 5, and 6, based on information each 
        district, area learning center and charter school provides. 
           (h) School districts must integrate required and elective 
        content standards in the scope and sequence of the district 
        curriculum. 
           (i) School districts are not required to adopt specific 
        provisions of the Goals 2000 and the federal School-to-Work 
        programs. 
           Sec. 3.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 120B.03, is 
        amended by adding a subdivision to read: 
           Subd. 1a.  [SCHOOL SITE DETERMINES REQUIRED CONTENT 
        STANDARDS.] (a) Notwithstanding any rule or law to the contrary, 
        by August 15 of each year, each school district, area learning 
        center, and charter school must notify the commissioner of the 
        preparatory and high school content standards required at each 
        site under paragraph (b). 
           (b)(1) Each public school site, by a majority vote of the 
        licensed teachers and administrators at the site voting jointly 
        and by a majority vote of the school board; 
           (2) each area learning center, by a majority vote of the 
        licensed teachers and administrators at the site voting jointly 
        and by a majority vote of the school board of the district in 
        which the center is located; and 
           (3) each charter school by a majority vote of the licensed 
        teachers and administrators at the charter school voting jointly 
        and with approval of the school's sponsor, must determine the 
        number of preparatory and high school content standards that the 
        school site requires students to complete, including the number 
        of high school content standards students must complete to 
        graduate. 
           (c) If a school site and the local school board, the area 
        learning center and the school board of the district in which 
        the center is located, or a charter school and its sponsor, are 
        unable to agree on the preparatory or high school content 
        standards required for students under paragraph (b), students at 
        the school site must complete the state-required content 
        standards.  
           (d) In addition to the reporting requirement under 
        paragraph (a), a district, area learning center, and charter 
        school shall report to the commissioner the schedule, by school 
        year, that each school site will use to implement all the state 
        required preparatory and high school content standards. 
           (e) Each district shall continue to implement the profile 
        of learning, provide learning opportunities for all students in 
        all preparatory content standards in learning areas one to nine, 
        and provide learning opportunities for students sufficient to 
        meet the state graduation requirements in the high school 
        content standards in all learning areas.  A district shall offer 
        at least one foreign language in learning area ten. 
           (f) To implement preparatory and high school content 
        standards, school sites must work to improve the scope and 
        sequence of curriculum, research-based instructional skills of 
        teachers and other district staff who work with students, and 
        alternative assessments of student achievement. 
           Sec. 4.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 120B.03, is 
        amended by adding a subdivision to read: 
           Subd. 1b.  [TRANSCRIPT DATA.] For the 1998-1999 school year 
        and later, a student's transcript shall record work completed in 
        each content standard implemented in the district, area learning 
        center, or charter school.  For high school content standards 
        completed before the 2000-2001 school year, a student may 
        request that the transcript record a "complete" or "incomplete" 
        and not the numeric score recorded in an earlier school year. 
           Sec. 5.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 120B.03, is 
        amended by adding a subdivision to read: 
           Subd. 2a.  [PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENTS.] Districts, area 
        learning centers, and charter schools are not required to use 
        state or locally developed performance packages to assess 
        student achievement of a content standard.  A district, area 
        learning center, or charter school must select performance 
        assessments that have a grading system comparable to the 
        criteria established under the definition of rubric contained in 
        rule and consistent with section 120B.03, subdivision 9.  
        Districts, area learning centers, and charter schools may use 
        one or more assessment methods to measure student performance on 
        one or more content standards.  The commissioner shall not 
        mandate in rule or otherwise the assessment methods that local 
        sites must use to meet the requirements under this section.  
           Sec. 6.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 120B.03, is 
        amended by adding a subdivision to read: 
           Subd. 4.  [RIGOROUS COURSE OF STUDY; WAIVER.] (a) Upon 
        receiving a student's application approved by the student's 
        parent or guardian, and with the recommendation of the student's 
        teacher, a school district, area learning center, or charter 
        school must declare that a student has completed a content 
        standard if the local school board, the school board of the 
        school district in which the area learning center is located, or 
        charter school board of directors determines that: 
           (1) the student is participating in a course of study 
        including an advanced placement or international baccalaureate 
        course or a learning opportunity outside the curriculum of the 
        district, area learning center, or charter school that is 
        equally or more rigorous than the content standard required by 
        the district, area learning center, or charter school or the 
        state graduation rule; and 
           (2) achieving the content standard to be waived would 
        preclude the student from participating in the rigorous course 
        of study or learning opportunity. 
           (b) A student who satisfactorily completes a post-secondary 
        enrollment options course or program under section 124D.09, that 
        has been approved under paragraph (c), is not required to 
        complete other requirements of the content standards 
        corresponding to that specific rigorous course of study. 
           (c) By August 15, 2002, and each year thereafter, the board 
        of regents of the University of Minnesota, the board of trustees 
        of the Minnesota state colleges and universities, and the 
        governing boards of Minnesota private colleges shall determine 
        the courses offered at each post-secondary institution under the 
        post-secondary enrollment options program that meet the 
        requirements of paragraph (a) and shall notify the commissioner 
        of those courses offered that meet the requirements.  The 
        commissioner shall make available a listing of the 
        post-secondary enrollment options courses offered at 
        post-secondary institutions meeting the requirements of this 
        section. 
           (d) Notwithstanding paragraph (a) or (b), a student who 
        entered ninth grade before the 2001-2002 school year and 
        satisfactorily completes an advanced placement or international 
        baccalaureate course, or a post-secondary enrollment options 
        course under section 124D.09, satisfies the requirements of the 
        content standards corresponding to that specific rigorous course 
        of study. 
           Sec. 7.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 120B.03, is 
        amended by adding a subdivision to read: 
           Subd. 5.  [STUDENTS HELD HARMLESS; WAIVER.] A local school 
        board, the school board of the school district in which the area 
        learning center is located, or a charter school board of 
        directors may waive any content standard for a student or group 
        of students who entered ninth grade before the 2000-2001 school 
        year if the governing board of the school site determines that 
        the students could not meet the site's content standard due to 
        circumstances related to implementing the profile of learning 
        that were beyond the students' control.  
           Sec. 8.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 120B.03, is 
        amended by adding a subdivision to read: 
           Subd. 6.  [STUDENT TRANSFERS; OTHER WAIVERS.] A district, 
        area learning center and charter school must establish processes 
        by which to transfer as completed:  
           (1) those content standards that other school sites within 
        the district or other public schools verify on transcripts as 
        completed; 
           (2) the work that educational institutions outside the 
        state accept for completing the equivalent of content standards 
        and verify on transcripts as completed; and 
           (3) a student's opportunities to complete high school 
        content standards through learning the student acquires outside 
        the district's curriculum, if the local governing board 
        determines the work or learning the student completed differs 
        from the content standards at the school site in which the 
        student is enrolled and the student is unable to fulfill the 
        content standards at the enrolling site. 
           Sec. 9.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 120B.03, is 
        amended by adding a subdivision to read: 
           Subd. 7.  [COMPLETION OF A CONTENT STANDARD.] Districts, 
        area learning centers, and charter schools may: 
           (1) establish more than one content standard in a single 
        course, consistent with section 120B.02, paragraph (f); 
           (2) develop a system allowing students to meet a content 
        standard through different subject areas; and 
           (3) determine at what grade levels a content standard may 
        be completed. 
           Sec. 10.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 120B.03, is 
        amended by adding a subdivision to read: 
           Subd. 8.  [RECORDS.] A district, area learning center, and 
        charter school shall maintain records of the following at each 
        site to submit to the commissioner for audit at the 
        commissioner's request: 
           (1) examples of local assessments used to measure students' 
        completion of a content standard; 
           (2) aggregate data on students' completion of each high 
        school content standard; 
           (3) aggregate data on each year's high school graduates, 
        including the number of high school content standards completed, 
        and the level of achievement earned on each standard; 
           (4) anonymous examples of student work in each high school 
        content standard; and 
           (5) the number and identity of available content standards, 
        the number of required content standards, and the number of 
        content standards completed by students. 
           Sec. 11.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 120B.03, is 
        amended by adding a subdivision to read: 
           Subd. 9.  [SCORING.] The grade level of a student shall not 
        prohibit a student from receiving the highest state exemplar 
        score upon completion of a content standard.  Teachers may 
        assign a score of "0" to incomplete student work on a standard.  
        The assessment of the content standard must be included as part 
        of the student's grade for a subject or course.  
           Sec. 12.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 120B.03, is 
        amended by adding a subdivision to read: 
           Subd. 10.  [HIGH STANDARDS TOOL LIBRARY.] (a) The 
        commissioner shall maintain a high standards tool library that 
        offers teachers in each of the content standards at all grade 
        levels examples of assessment tools to assess students' 
        achievement of standards, examples of lesson plans, best 
        practices methods, research on proven methods, and examples of 
        exemplar work aligned to the content standards. 
           (b) By June 30, 2000, the commissioner shall have 
        established a variety of tools described in paragraph (a).  The 
        tool library must be interactive and allow teachers to submit a 
        variety of tools.  In addition to commissioner-approved tools, 
        the commissioner shall reserve a portion of the tool library for 
        tools submitted by teachers without the commissioner's review. 
           Sec. 13.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 120B.03, is 
        amended by adding a subdivision to read: 
           Subd. 11.  [TECHNOLOGY AND RECORDKEEPING.] (a) The 
        commissioner shall designate to school districts, area learning 
        centers, and charter schools software packages for reporting 
        student performance on the content standards.  The commissioner 
        shall ensure that the designated recordkeeping software is 
        capable of transferring student records between schools and 
        school districts and is available to school districts at a 
        minimal cost.  The commissioner shall convene an advisory group 
        composed of qualified experts and interested stakeholders to 
        recommend to districts and charter schools recordkeeping 
        practices under the graduation rule.  The commissioner must also 
        report on technology needs for efficient daily classroom 
        recordkeeping and accountability reporting. 
           (b) The commissioner shall notify the education committees 
        of the legislature that the requirements in paragraph (a) have 
        been met. 
           Sec. 14.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 120B.03, is 
        amended by adding a subdivision to read: 
           Subd. 12.  [EXAMINATION AND EVALUATION PANEL.] The 
        commissioner shall establish an academic panel to examine, 
        evaluate, and sustain the rigor of the content standards 
        contained in the Minnesota graduation rule.  The commissioner 
        shall consider regional representation when selecting members 
        for the panel.  The panel shall be composed of: 
           (1) two teachers selected by Education Minnesota, one of 
        which shall have been a teacher of the year, and one with 
        national board certification; 
           (2) deans of the colleges of education from the University 
        of Minnesota, a Minnesota state college, and a Minnesota private 
        college; 
           (3) a director of curriculum and instruction; 
           (4) an assessment practitioner; 
           (5) a school board member selected by the Minnesota school 
        boards association; and 
           (6) an elementary school principal, a middle school 
        principal, and a high school principal, each selected by the 
        state organization representing such principals. 
           In the process of examining, evaluating, and sustaining the 
        rigor of the state standards, the panel shall consult with 
        recognized national and international education experts on 
        academic standards and the independent office of educational 
        accountability under section 120B.31, subdivision 3.  The panel 
        shall receive and analyze the report from the external review of 
        the profile of learning standards, procedures, and assessments 
        now underway through a contract with the department of children, 
        families, and learning.  The external review must evaluate the 
        quality of the state's standards and assessments as an 
        integrated educational system.  The panel may make 
        recommendations for refining the profile of learning based on 
        the external review and must compare and report the rigor of the 
        state standards and the north star standard by December 15, 
        2000, to the commissioner.  The recommendations may include 
        changes effected through administrative changes and changes in 
        statutes or rule.  Beginning July 1, 2001, and on every 
        even-numbered year thereafter, the panel shall submit its 
        evaluation of the rigor of the state standards and make 
        recommendations to the commissioner. 
           Sec. 15.  Minnesota Statutes 1999 Supplement, section 
        120B.30, subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
           Subdivision 1.  [STATEWIDE TESTING.] (a) The commissioner, 
        with advice from experts with appropriate technical 
        qualifications and experience and stakeholders, shall include in 
        the comprehensive assessment system, for each grade level to be 
        tested, a single statewide norm-referenced or 
        criterion-referenced test, or a combination of a norm-referenced 
        and a criterion-referenced test, which shall be highly 
        correlated aligned with the state's graduation standards and 
        administered annually to all students in the third, fifth, and 
        eighth grades.  The commissioner shall establish one or more 
        months during which schools shall administer the tests to 
        students each school year.  Only Minnesota basic skills tests in 
        reading, mathematics, and writing shall fulfill students' basic 
        skills testing requirements for a passing state 
        notation.  Notwithstanding Minnesota Rules, part 3501.0050, 
        subpart 2, at the written request of a parent or guardian, and 
        with the recommendation of the student's teacher, a district may 
        offer the test of basic requirements in reading, math, or 
        writing to an individual student beginning in grade 5.  The 
        student must take the same test on the same date as administered 
        to students in eighth grade or higher.  Third and fifth grade 
        test results shall be available to districts for diagnostic 
        purposes affecting student learning and district instruction and 
        curriculum, and for establishing educational accountability.  
        The commissioner must disseminate to the public the third and 
        fifth grade test results upon receiving those results. 
           (b) In addition, at the secondary level, districts shall 
        assess student performance in all required learning areas and 
        selected required standards within each area of the profile of 
        learning.  The testing instruments and testing process shall be 
        determined by the commissioner.  The results shall be aggregated 
        at the site and district level.  The testing shall be 
        administered beginning in the 1999-2000 school year and 
        thereafter. 
           (c) The comprehensive assessment system shall include an 
        evaluation of commissioner shall report school site and school 
        district performance student academic achievement levels during 
        the 1997-1998 school year and thereafter using an established 
        performance baseline developed from students' test scores under 
        this section that records, at a minimum, of the current and two 
        immediately preceding school years.  The report shall include 
        students' unweighted mean test scores in each tested subject, a 
        second performance baseline that reports, at a minimum, the same 
        unweighted mean test scores of only those students enrolled in 
        the school by January 1 of the previous school year, and a third 
        performance baseline that reports the same unweighted test 
        scores of all students except those students receiving limited 
        English proficiency instruction.  The evaluation report also 
        shall record separately, in proximity to the reported 
        performance baselines levels, the percentages of students who 
        are eligible to receive a free or reduced price school meal, 
        demonstrate limited English proficiency, or are eligible to 
        receive special education services. 
           (d) In addition to the testing and reporting requirements 
        under paragraphs (a), (b), and (c), the commissioner shall 
        include the following components in the statewide educational 
        accountability and public reporting system: 
           (1) uniform statewide testing of all third, fifth, eighth, 
        and post-eighth grade students with that provides exemptions, 
        only with parent or guardian approval, from the testing 
        requirement only for those very few students for whom the 
        student's individual education plan team under sections 125A.05 
        and 125A.06, determines that the student is incapable of taking 
        a statewide test, or for a limited English proficiency student 
        under section 124D.59, subdivision 2, if the student has been in 
        the United States for fewer than 12 months and for whom special 
        language barriers exist, such as the student's native language 
        does not have a written form or the district does not have 
        access to appropriate interpreter services for the student's 
        native language; 
           (2) educational indicators that can be aggregated and 
        compared across school districts and across time on a statewide 
        basis, including average daily attendance, high school 
        graduation rates, and high school drop-out rates by age and 
        grade level; 
           (3) students' scores on the American College Test; and 
           (4) participation in the National Assessment of Educational 
        Progress so that the state can benchmark its performance against 
        the nation and other states, and, where possible, against other 
        countries, and contribute to the national effort to monitor 
        achievement; and 
           (5) basic skills and advanced competencies connecting 
        teaching and learning to high academic standards, assessment, 
        and transitions to citizenship and employment. 
           (e) Districts must report exemptions under paragraph (d), 
        clause (1), to the commissioner consistent with a format 
        provided by the commissioner. 
           Sec. 16.  Minnesota Statutes 1999 Supplement, section 
        120B.35, is amended to read: 
           120B.35 [STUDENT ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT LEVELS.] 
           (a) Each school year, a school district must determine if 
        the student achievement levels at each school site meet 
        state and local expectations.  If student achievement levels at 
        a school site do not meet state and local expectations for two 
        out of three consecutive school years, beginning with the 
        2000-2001 school year, the district must work with the school 
        site to adopt a plan to raise student achievement levels to meet 
        state and local expectations.  The legislature will determine 
        state expectations after receiving a recommendation from the 
        commissioner of children, families, and learning.  The 
        commissioner must submit recommendations to the legislature by 
        January 15, 2000.  
           (b) 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. 
           Sec. 17.  [BEST PRACTICES NETWORK.] 
           By June 30, 2000, the commissioner of children, families, 
        and learning shall establish a best practices network for 
        learning areas one through ten, and by June 30, 2001, in 
        learning area 11, under the profile of learning. 
           Sec. 18.  [TECHNICAL AND VOCATIONAL EDUCATION.] 
           The commissioner of children, families, and learning shall 
        report to the education committees of the legislature by January 
        15, 2001, on recommendations regarding graduation standards 
        rules or realignment of standards for implementing a technical 
        and vocational education learning area. 
           Sec. 19.  [CONTENT OF EXTERNAL REVIEW.] 
           The commissioner shall contract with an independent 
        organization to evaluate the quality of the state's standards as 
        an integrated educational system.  The contractor's report must 
        include: 
           (1) an analysis of the content of the state standards; 
           (2) comparisons and specific recommendations for revision 
        by benchmarking the state's standards to other states' 
        standards; 
           (3) whether the standards are clear, specific, and 
        measurable, and whether they are understandable by teachers, 
        parents, and students, and whether the standards are set at an 
        appropriate level of difficulty for a particular grade level; 
        and 
           (4) what changes can strengthen the quality and alignment 
        of the state's standards. 
           Sec. 20.  [GRADUATION RULE AMENDMENTS.] 
           Beginning no later than July 1, 2000, the commissioner 
        shall amend Minnesota Rules, chapter 3501, for state graduation 
        requirements according to this section using the expedited 
        process under Minnesota Statutes, section 14.389.  In addition 
        to technical changes and corrections adopted according to 
        Minnesota Statutes, section 127A.05, subdivision 4, the 
        commissioner shall: 
           (1) amend Minnesota Rules, part 3501.0370, subpart 3, to 
        add to the grading criteria the option of "0" for student work 
        on an assessment or standard; 
           (2) delete all references in rule requiring school sites or 
        school districts to use state or locally developed performance 
        packages and make all use of all performance packages, including 
        for purposes of student assessment, optional at the discretion 
        of the school site or school district; 
           (3) amend the definition of "performance package" under 
        Minnesota Rules, part 3501.0320, subpart 2, item E, to make all 
        use of performance packages optional, consistent with clause 
        (2); and 
           (4) amend Minnesota Rules, part 3501.0320, subpart 2, item 
        F, to define "rubric" to mean the criteria the commissioner sets 
        and districts must use to measure student work that meets the 
        specifications of a content standard, consistent with clauses 
        (2) and (3). 
           Sec. 21.  [REPEALER.] 
           (a) Minnesota Statutes 1998, sections 120B.03, subdivisions 
        1, 2, and 3; and 120B.04, are repealed. 
           (b) Minnesota Rules, parts 3501.0330, subpart 2, item A; 
        3501.0360; 3501.0370, subparts 1, 2, and 4; 3501.0420, subpart 
        1, item D, and subpart 4; and 3501.0430, are repealed. 
           (c) Minnesota Rules part 3501.0330, subpart 7, item B, is 
        repealed effective July 1, 2001. 
           Sec. 22.  [EFFECTIVE DATE.] 
           Sections 1 to 21 are effective the day following final 
        enactment. 
           Presented to the governor May 19, 2000 
           Signed by the governor May 25, 2000, 3:50 p.m.