SENATE BILL No. 577
DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
Citations Affected: IC 20-1-20.5-10; IC 20-8.1-15-5; IC 20-10.1-16.
Synopsis: ISTEP graduation examination. Provides that a student is
not required to pass the grade 10 ISTEP examination in order to receive
a high school diploma and graduate from high school. Provides for the
placement of an ISTEP+ diploma seal on the high school diploma of a
graduate who passes the grade 10 ISTEP examination. Provides that a
student who does not pass the grade 10 ISTEP examination may be
retested in any school year with the consent of the student's parent.
Repeals references to the graduation examination and the obsolete
grade 12 examination.
Effective: Upon passage.
January 20, 2005, read first time and referred to Committee on Education and Career
First Regular Session 114th General Assembly (2005)
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SENATE BILL No. 577
A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:
SOURCE: IC 20-1-20.5-10; (05)IN0577.1.1. -->
SECTION 1. IC 20-1-20.5-10 IS AMENDED TO READ AS
FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE UPON PASSAGE]: Sec. 10. The roundtable
shall review and recommend to the board for the board's approval the
(1) The academic standards under IC 20-10.1-16 for all grade
levels from kindergarten through grade 12.
(2) The content and format of the ISTEP program, including the
(A) The graduation examination.
(B) The passing scores required at the various grade levels
tested under the ISTEP program.
SOURCE: IC 20-5.5-4-1; (05)IN0577.1.2. -->
SECTION 2. IC 20-5.5-4-1 IS AMENDED TO READ AS
FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE UPON PASSAGE]: Sec. 1. A charter must
do the following:
(1) Be a written instrument.
(2) Be executed by a sponsor and an organizer.
(3) Confer certain rights, franchises, privileges, and obligations
on a charter school.
(4) Confirm the status of a charter school as a public school.
(5) Be granted for:
(A) not less than three (3) years; and
(B) a fixed number of years agreed to by the sponsor and the
(6) Provide for:
(A) a review by the sponsor of the charter school's
performance, including the progress of the charter school in
achieving the academic goals set forth in the charter, at least
one (1) time in each five (5) year period while the charter is in
(B) renewal, if the sponsor and the organizer agree to renew
(7) Specify the grounds for the sponsor to:
(A) revoke the charter before the end of the term for which the
charter is granted; or
(B) not renew a charter.
(8) Set forth the methods by which the charter school is held
accountable for achieving the educational mission and goals of
the charter school, including the following:
(A) Evidence of improvement in assessment measures,
and Graduation Qualifying Exam, attendance
rates, graduation rates (if appropriate), increased numbers of
Core 40 diplomas (if appropriate), and increased numbers of
academic honors diplomas (if appropriate).
(B) Evidence of progress toward reaching the educational
goals set by the organizer.
(9) Describe the method to be used to monitor the charter
(A) compliance with applicable law; and
(B) performance in meeting targeted educational performance.
(10) Specify that the sponsor and the organizer may amend the
charter during the term of the charter by mutual consent and
describe the process for amending the charter.
(11) Describe specific operating requirements, including all of the
matters set forth in the application for the charter.
(12) Specify a date when the charter school will:
(A) begin school operations; and
(B) have students in attendance at the charter school.
(13) Specify that records of a charter school relating to the
school's operation and charter are subject to inspection and
copying to the same extent that records of a public school are
subject to inspection and copying under IC 5-14-3.
(14) Specify that records provided by the charter school to the
department or sponsor that relate to compliance by the operator
with the terms of the charter or applicable state or federal laws are
subject to inspection and copying in accordance with IC 5-14-3.
(15) Specify that the charter school is subject to the requirements
of IC 5-14-1.5.
SOURCE: IC 20-5.5-9-2; (05)IN0577.1.3. -->
SECTION 3. IC 20-5.5-9-2 IS AMENDED TO READ AS
FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE UPON PASSAGE]: Sec. 2. An annual report
under this chapter must contain the following information for a charter
(1) Results of all standardized testing, including ISTEP.
Graduation Qualifying Exam.
(2) A description of the educational methods and teaching
(3) Daily attendance records.
(4) Graduation statistics (if appropriate), including attainment of
Core 40 and Academic Honors Diplomas.
(5) Student enrollment data, including the following:
(A) The number of students enrolled.
(B) The number of students expelled.
(C) The number of students who discontinued attendance at
the charter school and the reasons for the discontinuation.
SOURCE: IC 20-8.1-15-5; (05)IN0577.1.4. -->
SECTION 4. IC 20-8.1-15-5 IS AMENDED TO READ AS
FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE UPON PASSAGE]: Sec. 5. (a) As used in
this chapter, "graduation" means the successful completion by a student
(1) a sufficient number of academic credits, or the equivalent of
academic credits. and
(2) the graduation examination or waiver process required under
resulting in the awarding of a high school diploma or an academic
(b) The term does not include the granting of a general educational
development diploma under IC 20-10.1-12.1.
SOURCE: IC 20-10.1-16-8; (05)IN0577.1.5. -->
SECTION 5. IC 20-10.1-16-8 IS AMENDED TO READ AS
FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE UPON PASSAGE]: Sec. 8. (a) The state
superintendent shall develop an ISTEP program testing schedule in
(1) each student in grades 3, 6, 8, and 10 must be tested; and
(2) each student in grade 10 must take a graduation examination.
(2) a student who does not meet the educational proficiency
standard tested in the grade 10 examination may retake the
grade 10 examination in any school year with the consent of
the student's parent.
The board shall adopt rules to establish when a student is considered
to be in grade 10 for purposes of initially taking the graduation
(b) A student who is a child with a disability (as defined in
IC 20-1-6-1) shall be tested under this chapter with appropriate
accommodations in testing materials and procedures unless the
individuals who develop the child's individualized education program
determine that testing under this chapter, or a part of the testing, is not
appropriate for the student and that an alternate assessment will be
used to test the student's achievement.
(c) Any decision with regard to a student who is a child with a
disability (as defined in IC 20-1-6-1) to participate in testing under this
chapter, to receive accommodations in testing materials and
procedures, to participate in remediation under IC 20-10.1-17, or to be
retained at the same grade level for consecutive school years shall be
made in accordance with the child's individualized education program,
subject to the ISTEP program manual, and federal law.
SOURCE: IC 20-10.1-16-16; (05)IN0577.1.6. -->
SECTION 6. IC 20-10.1-16-16 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA
CODE AS A NEW SECTION TO READ AS FOLLOWS
[EFFECTIVE UPON PASSAGE]: Sec. 16. (a) As used in this section,
"diploma" means a certificate of graduation that a governing body
issues to a student to certify that the student has satisfied the
minimum requirements for high school graduation.
(b) As used in this section, "diploma seal" means an appropriate
indicator that is imprinted, impressed, or otherwise affixed to a
student's diploma to certify that the student has satisfied the
minimum requirements for receiving a diploma with the indicator.
(c) A governing body of a school corporation or governing
authority of a nonpublic school must provide a diploma containing
an ISTEP+ diploma seal to a student who:
(1) qualifies for a diploma; and
(2) receives a passing score on the grade 10 examination
under the ISTEP program.
SOURCE: IC 20-10.1-16-1.5; IC 20-10.1-16-13; IC 20-10.1-16-14.
; (05)IN0577.1.7. -->
SECTION 7. THE FOLLOWING ARE REPEALED [EFFECTIVE
UPON PASSAGE]: IC 20-10.1-16-1.5; IC 20-10.1-16-13;
SOURCE: ; (05)IN0577.1.8. -->
SECTION 8. An emergency is declared for this act.