(a) The commissioner must supplement required state academic standards with grade-level benchmarks. High school benchmarks may cover more than one grade. The benchmarks must implement statewide academic standards by specifying the academic knowledge and skills that schools must offer and students must achieve to satisfactorily complete a state standard. Benchmarks are published to inform and guide parents, teachers, school districts, and other interested persons and for use in developing tests consistent with the benchmarks.
(b) The commissioner shall publish benchmarks in the State Register and transmit the benchmarks in any other manner that makes them accessible to the general public. The commissioner may charge a reasonable fee for publications.
(c) Once established, the commissioner may change the benchmarks only with specific legislative authorization and after completing a review under paragraph (d).
(d) The commissioner must develop and implement a system for reviewing on a four-year cycle each of the required academic standards and related benchmarks and elective standards beginning in the 2006-2007 school year.
(e) The benchmarks are not subject to chapter 14 and section 14.386 does not apply.
HIST: 2003 c 129 art 1 s 5