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7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill authorizes a local school board or charter school to allow a student in grade
10 seven or eight to earn additional credit in certain subjects in lieu of taking the
11 Technology, Life, and Careers course.
12 Highlighted Provisions:
13 This bill:
14 . authorizes a local school board or charter school to allow a student in grade seven or
15 eight to earn one additional unit of credit in certain subjects in lieu of taking the
16 Technology, Life, and Careers course; and
17 . provides that a local school board or charter school is not required to offer the
18 Technology, Life, and Careers course if other courses are offered that may be
19 substituted for the Technology, Life, and Careers course.
20 Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
22 Other Special Clauses:
23 This bill takes effect on July 1, 2005.
24 Utah Code Sections Affected:
26 53A-1-402.6, as last amended by Chapter 315, Laws of Utah 2003
28 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
29 Section 1. Section 53A-1-402.6 is amended to read:
30 53A-1-402.6. Core curriculum.
31 (1) In establishing minimum standards related to curriculum and instruction
32 requirements under Section 53A-1-402 , the State Board of Education shall, in consultation
33 with local school boards, school superintendents, teachers, employers, and parents implement a
34 core curriculum which will enable students to, among other objectives:
35 (a) communicate effectively, both verbally and through written communication;
36 (b) apply mathematics; and
37 (c) access, analyze, and apply information.
38 (2) The board shall:
39 (a) identify the basic knowledge, skills, and competencies each student is expected to
40 acquire or master as the student advances through the public education system; and
41 (b) align the core curriculum and tests administered under the Utah Performance
42 Assessment System for Students (U-PASS) with each other.
43 (3) The basic knowledge, skills, and competencies identified pursuant to Subsection
44 (2)(a) shall increase in depth and complexity from year to year and focus on consistent and
45 continual progress within and between grade levels and courses in the core academic areas of:
46 (a) English, including explicit phonics, spelling, grammar, reading, writing,
47 vocabulary, speech, and listening; and
48 (b) mathematics, including basic computational skills.
49 (4) Local school boards shall design their school programs, that are supported by
50 generally accepted scientific standards of evidence, to focus on the core curriculum with the
51 expectation that each program will enhance or help achieve mastery of the core curriculum.
52 (5) Except as provided in Section 53A-13-101 , each school may select instructional
53 materials and methods of teaching, that are supported by generally accepted scientific standards
54 of evidence, that it considers most appropriate to meet core curriculum objectives.
55 (6) (a) In lieu of taking the Technology, Life, and Careers course, a local school board
56 or charter school may allow a student in grade seven or eight to earn one additional unit of
57 credit in language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, or computer technology beyond
58 the minimum credit requirements for those subjects in grades seven and eight.
59 (b) A local school board or charter school is not required to offer the Technology, Life,
60 and Careers course if other courses are offered that may be substituted for the Technology,
61 Life, and Careers course, as provided in Subsection (6)(a).
62 Section 2. Effective date.
63 This bill takes effect on July 1, 2005.
Legislative Review Note
as of 1-10-05 12:58 PM
Based on a limited legal review, this legislation has not been determined to have a high
probability of being held unconstitutional.