Citations Affected: IC 20-33-2.
Synopsis: Kindergarten. Provides that a student is required to begin
school in the fall term of the school year in which the student becomes
six years of age. (Current law requires the student to begin school in
the fall term of the school year in which the student becomes seven
years of age.) Requires that a student must be at least five years of age
before: (1) September 1 of the 2012-2013 school year; (2) October 1 of
the 2013-2014 school year; or (3) November 1 of the 2014-2015 school
year or any subsequent school year; to enroll in a kindergarten offered
by a school corporation. Removes provisions that: (1) require the
school superintendent to make a determination as to whether a child
who enrolls in school and has not attended kindergarten shall enroll in
grade 1 or kindergarten; and (2) require the department of education to
adopt a model assessment that may be used by the superintendent in
making that determination.
Effective: July 1, 2011.
January 10, 2011, read first time and referred to Committee on Education and Career
A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning
[EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2011]: Sec. 7. (a) In addition to the
requirements of sections 4 through 6 of this chapter, a student must be
at least five (5) years of age on:
(1) July 1 of the 2005-2006 school year; or
(2) (1) August 1 of the 2006-2007 2011-2012 school year; or any
subsequent school year;
(2) September 1 of the 2012-2013 school year;
(3) October 1 of the 2013-2014 school year; or
(4) November 1 of the 2014-2015 school year or any subsequent school year;
to officially enroll in a kindergarten program offered by a school corporation. However, subject to subsection
(c), (b), the governing
body of the school corporation shall adopt a procedure affording a
parent of a student who does not meet the minimum age requirement
set forth in this subsection the right to appeal to the superintendent for
enrollment of the student in kindergarten at an age earlier than the age
set forth in this subsection.
(b) In addition to the requirements of sections 4 through 6 of this
chapter and subsection (a), and subject to subsection (c), if a student
enrolls in school as allowed under section 6 of this chapter and has not
attended kindergarten, the superintendent shall make a determination
as to whether the student shall enroll in kindergarten or grade 1 based
on the particular model assessment adopted by the governing body
under subsection (c).
(c) (b) To assist the principal and governing bodies, the department
shall do the following: (1) establish guidelines to assist each governing
body in establishing a procedure for making appeals to the
superintendent under subsection (a).
(2) Establish criteria by which a governing body may adopt a
model assessment that may be used in making the determination
under subsection (b).
not later than the date on which the student becomes
seven (7) six (6)
years of age.