SB 109: "An Act repealing the secondary student competency examination and related requirements; and providing for an effective date."

00 SENATE BILL NO. 109 01 "An Act repealing the secondary student competency examination and related 02 requirements; and providing for an effective date." 03 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 04 * Section 1. AS 14.03.078 is amended to read: 05 Sec. 14.03.078. Report. The department shall provide to the legislature by 06 February 15 of each year an annual report regarding the progress of each school and 07 school district toward high academic performance by all students. The report required 08 under this section must include 09 (1) information described under AS 14.03.120(d); 10 (2) [THE NUMBER AND PERCENTAGE OF STUDENTS IN 11 EACH SCHOOL WHO PASS THE EXAMINATION REQUIRED UNDER 12 AS 14.03.075, AND THE NUMBER WHO PASS EACH SECTION OF THE 13 EXAMINATION; 14 (3)] progress of the department

01 (A) toward implementing the school accountability provisions 02 of AS 14.03.123; and 03 (B) in assisting high schools to become accredited; 04 (3) [(4)] a description of the resources provided to each school and 05 school district for coordinated school improvement activities and staff training in each 06 school and school district; 07 (4) [(5)] each school district's and each school's progress in aligning 08 curriculum with state education performance standards; 09 (5) [(6)] a description of the efforts by the department to assist a public 10 school that receives a designation of deficient or in crisis; 11 (6) [(7)] a description of intervention efforts by each school district 12 and school for students who are not meeting state performance standards; 13 (7) [(8)] the number and percentage of turnover in certificated 14 personnel and superintendents; 15 (8) [(9)] the number of teachers by district and by school who are 16 teaching outside the teacher's area of endorsement [BUT IN AREAS TESTED BY 17 THE HIGH SCHOOL COMPETENCY EXAMINATION]. 18 * Sec. 2. AS 14.03.120(d) is amended to read: 19 (d) Annually, before the date set by the district under (e) of this section, each 20 public school shall deliver to the department for posting on the department's Internet 21 website and provide, in a public meeting of parents, students, and community 22 members, a report on the school's performance and the performance of the school's 23 students. The report shall be prepared on a form prescribed by the department and 24 must include 25 (1) information on accreditation; 26 (2) results of norm-referenced achievement tests; 27 (3) results of state standards-based assessments in reading, writing, and 28 mathematics; 29 (4) a description, including quantitative and qualitative measures, of 30 student, parent, community, and business involvement in student learning; 31 (5) a description of the school's attendance, retention, dropout, and

01 graduation rates, [INCLUDING THE NUMBER AND PERCENTAGE OF 02 STUDENTS WHO RECEIVED A DIPLOMA UNDER A WAIVER FROM THE 03 COMPETENCY EXAMINATION REQUIRED UNDER AS 14.03.075(a),] as 04 specified by the state board; 05 (6) the annual percent of enrollment change, regardless of reason, and 06 the annual percent of enrollment change due to student transfers into and out of the 07 school district; 08 (7) if Native language education is provided, a summary and 09 evaluation of the curriculum described in AS 14.30.420; 10 (8) [THE NUMBER AND PERCENTAGE OF STUDENTS IN 11 EACH SCHOOL WHO TAKE AND WHO SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE AN 12 ALTERNATIVE ASSESSMENT PROGRAM IN READING, ENGLISH, OR 13 MATHEMATICS; AND THE NUMBER AND PERCENTAGE OF PUPILS IN 14 EACH SCHOOL WHO SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE THE ALTERNATIVE 15 ASSESSMENT PROGRAM BUT WHO DO NOT REACH THE STATE 16 PERFORMANCE STANDARDS AT THE COMPETENCY EXAM LEVEL IN 17 READING, ENGLISH, OR MATHEMATICS; A SCHOOL MAY NOT REPORT 18 RESULTS UNDER THIS PARAGRAPH UNLESS THE SCHOOL COMPLIES 19 WITH THE FAMILY EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS AND PRIVACY 20 REQUIREMENTS OF 34 C.F.R. 99; 21 (9)] the performance designation assigned the school under 22 AS 14.03.123 and the methodology used to assign the performance designation, 23 including the measures used and their relative weights; and 24 (9) [(10)] other information concerning school performance and the 25 performance of the school's students as required by the state board in regulation. 26 * Sec. 3. AS 14.03.123(f) is amended to read: 27 (f) In the accountability system for schools and districts required by this 28 section, the department shall 29 (1) implement 20 U.S.C. 6301 - 7941 (Elementary and Secondary 30 Education Act of 1965), as amended; 31 (2) implement state criteria and priorities for accountability including

01 the use of 02 (A) measures of student performance on standards-based 03 assessments in reading, writing, and mathematics [, AND INCLUDING 04 COMPETENCY TESTS REQUIRED UNDER AS 14.03.075]; 05 (B) measures of student improvement; and 06 (C) other measures identified that are indicators of student 07 success and achievement; and 08 (3) to the extent practicable, minimize the administrative burden on 09 districts. 10 * Sec. 4. AS 14.03.255(a) is amended to read: 11 (a) A charter school operates as a school in the local school district except that 12 the charter school (1) is exempt from the local school district's textbook, program, 13 curriculum, and scheduling requirements; (2) is exempt from AS 14.14.130(c); the 14 principal of the charter school shall be selected by the academic policy committee and 15 shall select, appoint, or otherwise supervise employees of the charter school; and (3) 16 operates under the charter school's annual program budget as set out in the contract 17 between the local school board and the charter school under (c) of this section. A local 18 school board may exempt a charter school from other local school district 19 requirements if the exemption is set out in the contract. A charter school is subject to 20 [SECONDARY SCHOOL COMPETENCY TESTING AS PROVIDED IN 21 AS 14.03.075 AND OTHER] competency tests required by the department. 22 * Sec. 5. AS 14.03.075 and AS 14.07.165(5) are repealed. 23 * Sec. 6. This Act takes effect July 1, 2011.