Reprinted

February 24, 2007





HOUSE BILL No. 1797

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DIGEST OF HB 1797 (Updated February 23, 2007 11:20 am - DI 109)



Citations Affected: IC 20-30; IC 20-31.5; noncode.

Synopsis: Academic achievement. Requires the department of education to develop guidelines and the state board to adopt rules concerning the academic achievement assistance program based on effective practices to improve student achievement. Provides that a student's guidance counselor is required to make only a reasonable effort to consult with the student's parent concerning the student's career plan before an annual review of the plan.

Effective: July 1, 2007.





Porter , Behning , Smith V , Robertson




    January 26, 2007, read first time and referred to Committee on Education.
    February 1, 2007, reported _ Do Pass. Referred to Committee on Ways and Means pursuant to Rule 127.
    February 20, 2007, amended, reported _ Do Pass.
    February 23, 2007, read second time, amended, ordered engrossed.





Reprinted

February 24, 2007

First Regular Session 115th General Assembly (2007)


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HOUSE BILL No. 1797



    A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning education.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:

SOURCE: IC 20-30-4-7; (07)HB1797.3.1. -->     SECTION 1. IC 20-30-4-7 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A NEW SECTION TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2007]: Sec. 7. Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, a student's guidance counselor is required to make only a reasonable effort to consult with the student's parent concerning the student's career plan before an annual review of the student's career plan under section 6 of this chapter.
SOURCE: IC 20-31.5; (07)HB1797.3.2. -->     SECTION 2. IC 20-31.5 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A NEW ARTICLE TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2007]:
     ARTICLE 31.5. ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT
    Chapter 1. Definitions
    Sec. 1. The definitions in this chapter apply throughout this article.
    Sec. 2. "Committee" refers to a school's strategic and continuous school improvement and achievement committee described in IC 20-31-2-4.
    Sec. 3. "Plan" refers to an academic achievement progress assistance plan developed under IC 20-31.5-2.
    Sec. 4. "School" means:
        (1) a middle school or junior high school maintained by a school corporation; or
        (2) a charter school that includes grades 5 through 8.
    Sec. 5. "Transition grade" means a placement for a student who has completed an academic year in a grade level but has not met the academic standards for advancement to the next grade level.
    Chapter 2. The Academic Achievement Progress Assistance Plan
    Sec. 1. This chapter applies to a school that has been placed in the lowest category for school improvement and performance by the department.
    Sec. 2. An academic achievement progress assistance plan may be implemented for a school to which this chapter applies.
    Sec. 3. To implement an academic achievement progress assistance plan, a school's committee must:
        (1) revise the school's strategic and continuous school improvement and achievement plan under this chapter;
        (2) specify that it is a goal of the school to improve its academic progress under rules adopted by the state board; and
        (3) make an application to the department.
    Sec. 4. Subject to IC 20-31-5 and IC 20-29, a plan must include options to provide additional instructional activities for a student, group of students, or the school, including:
        (1) up to one and one-half (1.5) hours of additional instructional time added to the school day; or
        (2) up to twenty (20) additional days added to the school year.
    Sec. 5. Subject to IC 20-29, an increase in professional development activities under IC 20-20-30 must be provided to provide the equivalent of ten (10) instructional days for all teachers in the school that focus on the specific curriculum and instructional strategies implemented by the school. Activities conducted under this section must provide for the school's certificated employees to continuously review and improve the school's curriculum and instruction.

     Sec. 6. The department shall develop guidelines and the state board shall adopt rules under IC 4-22-2 concerning the academic achievement assistance program based on effective practices to improve student achievement.
SOURCE: ; (07)HB1797.3.3. -->     SECTION 3. [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2007] (a) As used in this SECTION:
        (1) "committee" refers to a school's strategic and continuous school improvement and achievement committee described in IC 20-31-2-4;
        (2) "department" refers to the department of education established by IC 20-19-3-1;
        (3) "plan" refers to an academic achievement progress assistance plan developed under IC 20-31.5-2, as added by this act; and
        (4) "school" has the meaning set forth in IC 20-31.5-1-4, as added by this act.
    (b) The department shall develop and administer a pilot program to assist schools in carrying out the provisions of IC 20-31.5-2, as added by this act.
    (c) The department shall accept an application from a school described in IC 20-31.5-2-1, as added by this act, for a grant to fund the plan developed by the school's committee.
    (d) A school that receives a grant under this SECTION must submit a report to the department concerning the use of the grant.
    (e) This SECTION expires June 30, 2009.