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First Substitute H.B. 62

Representative Karen W. Morgan proposes the following substitute bill:





Chief Sponsor: Karen W. Morgan

Senate Sponsor: ____________

             8      LONG TITLE
             9      General Description:
             10          This bill requires that students in third grade read at or above grade level prior to
             11      advancing to the next grade, with certain exceptions.
             12      Highlighted Provisions:
             13          This bill:
             14          .    generally prohibits a school district from promoting a student in third grade to the
             15      next grade level if the child is not reading at or above grade level;
             16          .    provides certain student exemptions;
             17          .    requires school districts or charter schools to provide parental notice and reading
             18      intervention; and
             19          .    requires the State Board of Education to make rules.
             20      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             21          None
             22      Other Special Clauses:
             23          None
             24      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             25      ENACTS:

             26          53A-1-606.6, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             28      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             29          Section 1. Section 53A-1-606.6 is enacted to read:
             30          53A-1-606.6. Standards for grade advancement -- Exceptions -- Rulemaking.
             31          (1) (a) Except as provided in Subsection (1)(b), a school district or charter school may
             32      not promote a student from third grade who is not reading at or above grade level, as
             33      determined by multiple assessments administered pursuant to this part, and pursuant to rules
             34      enacted under Subsection (7).
             35          (b) Subsection (1)(a) does not apply to:
             36          (i) students with disabilities who may be exempt by an individualized education plan
             37      covered under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act or Section 504 of the
             38      Rehabilitation Act; and
             39          (ii) limited English proficiency students.
             40          (2) At the beginning of each school year, a school district or charter school shall
             41      provide information to the parents and guardians of its third grade students regarding the
             42      standards for grade advancement in accordance with this section.
             43          (3) Prior to exercising its authority under Subsection (1)(a), a school district or charter
             44      school shall:
             45          (a) notify a student and that student's parent or guardian, prior to the midpoint of the
             46      school year, that there is a possibility that the student may not be promoted under Subsection
             47      (1)(a) at the conclusion of the school year; and
             48          (b) provide focused reading remediation through interventions that may include
             49      tutoring, before and after school programs, or summer school assistance.
             50          (4) A parent or guardian may appeal the decision to not promote a student directly to
             51      the principal, who shall either support the decision or overturn it and advance the student.
             52          (5) A decision to not promote a student under this section shall apply if the student
             53      transfers to another public school.
             54          (6) A student who has been retained shall, upon request, but no later than October 1, be
             55      allowed to demonstrate standards proficiency and thereby be advanced to the appropriate grade.
             56          (7) In accordance with Title 63, Chapter 46a, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act, the

             57      State Board of Education shall make rules defining:
             58          (a) expected reading levels for third grade; and
             59          (b) eligibility standards for students described in Subsection (1)(b).

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