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S.B. 150






Chief Sponsor: Karen W. Morgan

House Sponsor: Rebecca P. Edwards

             8      LONG TITLE
             9      General Description:
             10          This bill requires that students in first, second, and third grades read at or above grade
             11      level prior to 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 first, second, and
             15      third grades to the 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 first, second, and third grades who is not reading at or above grade
             33      level, as determined by multiple assessments administered pursuant to this part, and pursuant to
             34      rules enacted under Subsection (7).
             35          (b) Subsection (1)(a) does not apply to a student with disabilities who may be exempt
             36      by an individualized education plan covered under the Individuals with Disabilities Education
             37      Act or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.
             38          (2) At the beginning of each school year, a school district or charter school shall
             39      provide information to the parents and guardians of its first, second, and third grade students
             40      regarding the standards for grade advancement in accordance with this section.
             41          (3) Prior to exercising its authority under Subsection (1)(a), a school district or charter
             42      school shall:
             43          (a) notify a student and the student's parent or guardian, prior to the midpoint of the
             44      school year, that there is a possibility that the student may not be promoted under Subsection
             45      (1)(a) at the conclusion of the school year; and
             46          (b) provide focused reading remediation through interventions that may include
             47      tutoring, before and after school programs, or summer school assistance.
             48          (4) A parent or guardian may reverse the decision to not promote a student by
             49      appealing directly to the principal, who may overturn the decision and advance the student.
             50          (5) A decision to not promote a student under this section shall apply if the student
             51      transfers to another public school.
             52          (6) A student who will not be advanced pursuant to Subsection (1) shall, upon request,
             53      but no later than August 15, be allowed to demonstrate standards of proficiency and thereby
             54      advance to the appropriate grade.
             55          (7) In accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act, the
             56      State Board of Education shall make rules defining:
             57          (a) expected reading levels for first, second, and third grades; and
             58          (b) eligibility standards for students described in Subsection (1)(b).

Legislative Review Note
    as of 2-3-10 4:23 PM

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