Download Zipped Amended WordPerfect SB0204.ZIP
[Introduced][Status][Bill Documents][Fiscal Note][Bills Directory]

S.B. 204

This document includes Senate Committee Amendments incorporated into the bill on Thu, Feb 9, 2006 at 9:26 AM by rday. --> This document includes Senate 2nd Reading Floor Amendments incorporated into the bill on Mon, Feb 20, 2006 at 12:04 PM by rday. -->              1     




Chief Sponsor: Mark B. Madsen

House Sponsor: James A. Ferrin


             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill allows a public school student or home school student to receive a diploma
             10      based on certain assessment results.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    allows a student enrolled in a high school in the state or attending a home school in
             14      the state to receive a high school diploma if the student passes the basic skills
             15      competency test and receives certain scores on the ACT.
             16      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             17          None
             18      Other Special Clauses:
             19          None
             20      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             21      AMENDS:
             22          53A-1-611, as last amended by Chapter 7, Laws of Utah 2002, Fifth Special Session
             23      ENACTS:
             24          53A-15-104, Utah Code Annotated 1953

             26      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             27          Section 1. Section 53A-1-611 is amended to read:

Text Box

- 2 -
          53A-1-611. Standards and assessment processes to measure student performance
             29      -- Basic skills competency test.
             30          (1) The Legislature recognizes the need for the State Board of Education to develop
             31      and implement standards and assessment processes to ensure that student progress is measured
             32      and that school boards and school personnel are accountable.
             33          (2) (a) In addition to its responsibilities under Sections 53A-1-603 through 53A-1-605 ,
             34      the State Board of Education, through the state superintendent of public instruction, shall
             35      design a basic skills competency test to be administered in the tenth grade.
             36          (b) A student must pass the basic skills competency test, in addition to the established
             37      requirements of the state and local board of education of the district in which the student
             38      attends school, in order to receive a basic high school diploma of graduation.
             39          (c) The state board shall include in the test, at a minimum, components on English
             40      language arts and reading and mathematics.
             41          (d) A student who fails to pass all components of the test may not receive a basic high
             42      school diploma but may receive a certificate of completion or alternative completion diploma
             43      under rules made by the State Board of Education in accordance with Title 63, Chapter 46a,
             44      Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act.
             45          (e) The state board shall make rules:
             46          (i) to allow students who initially fail the test to retake all or part of the test; and
             47          (ii) that take into account and are consistent with federal law relating to students with
             48      disabilities in the administration of the test.
             49          (3) The state board shall implement the tenth grade basic skills competency test, no
             50      later than the beginning of the 2003-04 school year.
             51          (4) The requirements of this section are to be complementary to the other achievement
             52      testing provisions of this part.
             53          (5) A student who attends a home school may take the basic skills competency test at a
             54      school within the student's school district of residence at the same time the test is administered
             55      to public school students.
             56          Section 2. Section 53A-15-104 is enacted to read:
             57          53A-15-104. Diploma awarded to public school and home school students based
             58      on assessments.

Text Box

Senate 2nd Reading Amendments 2-20-2006 rd/dsl

- 3 -
Senate Committee Amendments 2-9-2006 rd/dsl
         (1) A student enrolled in a high school in this state S. [ may receive a diploma from the
             60      high school in which the student is enrolled,
] .S
and a student that attends a home school S. [ may ]
             60a      shall, upon request of the student's parent or guardian, .S
             61      receive a diploma S. [ from the student's school district of residence ] issued by the State Board of
             61a      Education .S , if the student:
             62          (a) passes the basic skills competency test provided by Section 53A-1-611 ; and
             63          (b) receives a score on each ACT subtest that ranks in the top 15% of Utah students'
             64      scores for the subtest.
             65          (2) (a) Subsection (1)(b) does not apply to the ACT optional writing subtest.
             66          (b) A student may satisfy the requirement in Subsection (1)(b) with subtest scores from
             67      different administrations of the ACT.
             67a      S. (3) A diploma issued by the State Board of Education pursuant to this section shall
             67b      indicate the recipient has met state high school graduation requirements by demonstrating
             67c      mastery of knowledge and skills through assessments. .S

Legislative Review Note
    as of 1-25-06 12:43 PM

Based on a limited legal review, this legislation has not been determined to have a high
probability of being held unconstitutional.

Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel

[Bill Documents][Bills Directory]