February 24, 2007
HOUSE BILL No. 1797
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.
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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.
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
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,
ARTICLE 31.5. ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT
Chapter 1. Definitions
Sec. 1. The definitions in this chapter apply throughout this
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
Sec. 1. This chapter applies to a school that has been placed in
the lowest category for school improvement and performance by
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;
(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
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
(1) "committee" refers to a school's strategic and continuous
school improvement and achievement committee described in
(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
(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.