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S.B. 287





Chief Sponsor: Margaret Dayton

House Sponsor: Keith Grover

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill modifies requirements pertaining to core curriculum standards adopted by the
             10      State Board of Education.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    provides that the state may exit any agreement, contract, memorandum of
             14      understanding, or consortium that cedes control of Utah's core curriculum to any
             15      other entity for any reason; and
             16          .    makes technical amendments.
             17      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             18          None
             19      Other Special Clauses:
             20          None
             21      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             22      AMENDS:
             23          53A-1-402.6, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2003, Chapter 315
             25      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             26          Section 1. Section 53A-1-402.6 is amended to read:
             27           53A-1-402.6. Core curriculum standards.

             28          (1) In establishing minimum standards related to curriculum and instruction
             29      requirements under Section 53A-1-402 , the State Board of Education shall, in consultation
             30      with local school boards, school superintendents, teachers, employers, and parents implement
             31      [a] core curriculum standards which will enable students to, among other objectives:
             32          (a) communicate effectively, both verbally and through written communication;
             33          (b) apply mathematics; and
             34          (c) access, analyze, and apply information.
             35          (2) The board shall:
             36          (a) identify the basic knowledge, skills, and competencies each student is expected to
             37      acquire or master as the student advances through the public education system; and
             38          (b) align the core curriculum standards and tests administered under the Utah
             39      Performance Assessment System for Students (U-PASS) with each other.
             40          (3) The basic knowledge, skills, and competencies identified pursuant to Subsection
             41      (2)(a) shall increase in depth and complexity from year to year and focus on consistent and
             42      continual progress within and between grade levels and courses in the core academic areas of:
             43          (a) English, including explicit phonics, spelling, grammar, reading, writing,
             44      vocabulary, speech, and listening; and
             45          (b) mathematics, including basic computational skills.
             46          (4) Local school boards shall design their school programs, that are supported by
             47      generally accepted scientific standards of evidence, to focus on the core curriculum standards
             48      with the expectation that each program will enhance or help achieve mastery of the core
             49      curriculum standards.
             50          (5) Except as provided in Section 53A-13-101 , each school may select instructional
             51      materials and methods of teaching, that are supported by generally accepted scientific standards
             52      of evidence, that it considers most appropriate to meet core curriculum [objectives] standards.
             53          (6) The state may exit any agreement, contract, memorandum of understanding, or
             54      consortium that cedes control of Utah's core curriculum standards to any other entity, including
             55      a federal agency or consortium, for any reason, including:
             56          (a) the cost of developing or implementing core curriculum standards;
             57          (b) the proposed core curriculum standards are inconsistent with community values; or
             58          (c) the agreement, contract, memorandum of understanding, or consortium:

             59          (i) was entered into in violation of Part 9, Implementing Federal Programs Act, or Title
             60      63J, Chapter 5, Federal Funds Procedures Act;
             61          (ii) conflicts with Utah law;
             62          (iii) requires Utah student data to be included in a national or multi-state database;
             63          (iv) requires records of teacher performance to be included in a national or multi-state
             64      database; or
             65          (v) imposes curriculum, assessment, or data tracking requirements on home school or
             66      private school students.
             67          (7) The State Board of Education shall annually report to the Education Interim
             68      Committee on the development and implementation of core curriculum standards.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 2-27-12 5:25 PM

Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel

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