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S.B. 79





Chief Sponsor: Howard A. Stephenson

House Sponsor: Daniel McCay

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill creates the Student-Centered Learning Pilot Program.
             10      Highlighted Provisions:
             11          This bill:
             12          .    defines terms;
             13          .    specifies eligibility requirements for participating in the pilot program and
             14      additional factors that may be considered;
             15          .    requires the State Board of Education to select a consultant, through a request for
             16      proposals process, to provide consulting services to the board on the pilot program
             17      and to assist school districts and charter schools in designing and implementing
             18      educational models that meet the requirements of the Student-Centered Learning
             19      Pilot Program;
             20          .    requires the State Board of Education to establish an advisory committee that may
             21      make suggestions and recommendations regarding the selection of pilot schools;
             22          .    addresses the enrollment of students at a pilot school;
             23          .    provides that a student enrolled at a pilot school may not count as more than one
             24      pupil in average daily membership (ADM) unless the student intends to complete
             25      high school graduation requirements, and exit high school early, in accordance with
             26      the student's education/occupation plan (SEOP); and
             27          .    requires the State Board of Education and pilot schools to make an annual report to

             28      the Education Interim Committee.
             29      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             30          This bill appropriates in fiscal year 2014:
             31          .    to the State Board of Education as an ongoing appropriation:
             32              .    from the Education Fund, $275,000.
             33      Other Special Clauses:
             34          This bill provides an effective date.
             35      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             36      AMENDS:
             37          53A-1-409, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2004, Chapter 19
             38          53A-1a-508, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2011, Chapter 349
             39      ENACTS:
             40          53A-15-1301, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             41          53A-15-1302, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             42          53A-15-1303, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             43          53A-15-1304, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             44          53A-15-1305, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             45          53A-15-1306, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             46          53A-15-1307, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             47          53A-15-1308, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             48          53A-15-1309, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             49          53A-15-1310, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             50          53A-15-1311, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             52      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             53          Section 1. Section 53A-1-409 is amended to read:
             54           53A-1-409. Competency-based education -- Recommendations -- Coordination.
             55          (1) As used in this section:
             56          (a) "Competency" means a demonstrable acquisition of a specified knowledge, skill, or
             57      ability that has been organized into a hierarchical arrangement leading to higher levels of
             58      knowledge, skill, or ability.

             59          (b) "Competency-based education" means an education approach that [requires
             60      students to acquire a competency]:
             61          (i) allows a student to advance upon mastery of a competency; and
             62          (ii) includes [a] classroom structure and operation [that aid and facilitate the
             63      acquisition of specified competencies on an individual basis wherein students are allowed to
             64      master and demonstrate competencies as fast as they are able] that provide a student timely,
             65      differentiated support based on the student's individual learning needs.
             66          (c) "Gain score" means the measured difference of a student's score at the beginning
             67      and end of a time period that may be aggregated at the class, grade, school, and school district
             68      levels.
             69          (2) The State Board of Education shall:
             70          (a) provide expertise to and consult with local school boards and school districts
             71      relating to competency-based education and progress-based assessments;
             72          (b) make recommendations to the Public Education Appropriations Subcommittee,
             73      including the amount and allocation of public education money, based upon both new public
             74      education money and the reallocation of money required to develop and implement:
             75          (i) competency-based education and progress-based assessments;
             76          (ii) a weighted competency unit that distributes public education money based on
             77      student achievement resulting from competency-based program objectives, strategies, and
             78      standards;
             79          (iii) a plan to assist students, teachers, schools, and districts that need remediation
             80      based upon Subsections (2)(b)(i) and (ii);
             81          (iv) the reallocation of teaching resources from noncore electives into grades 1-3, 7-12
             82      math, and 7-12 English; and
             83          (v) a teacher development program focused on achieving progress in core academics,
             84      including instruction in explicit, systematic, and intensive phonics for teachers in grades
             85      kindergarten through 3;
             86          (c) assist school districts and charter schools to develop and implement:
             87          (i) competency-based education; and
             88          (ii) the use of gain scores; and
             89          (d) develop and use monetary and nonmonetary incentives, tools, and rewards to

             90      encourage school districts and charter schools to accomplish the items described under
             91      Subsections (2)(a) through (c).
             92          Section 2. Section 53A-1a-508 is amended to read:
             93           53A-1a-508. Content of a charter -- Modification of charter.
             94          (1) The major issues involving the operation of a charter school shall be considered in
             95      advance by the applicant for a charter school and written into the school's charter.
             96          (2) The governing body of the charter school and the chartering entity shall sign the
             97      charter.
             98          (3) The charter shall include:
             99          (a) the age or grade levels to be served by the school;
             100          (b) the projected maximum number of students to be enrolled in the school and the
             101      projected enrollment in each of the first three years of operations;
             102          (c) the governance structure of the school;
             103          (d) the financial plan for the school and the provisions which will be made for auditing
             104      the school under Subsection 53A-1a-507 (4);
             105          (e) the mission and education goals of the school, the curriculum offered, and the
             106      methods of assessing whether students are meeting educational goals, to include at a minimum
             107      participation in the Utah Performance Assessment System for Students under Chapter 1, Part 6,
             108      Achievement Tests;
             109          (f) admission and dismissal procedures, including suspension procedures;
             110          (g) procedures to review complaints of parents regarding the operation of the school;
             111          (h) the opportunity for parental involvement at the school;
             112          (i) how the school will provide adequate liability and other appropriate insurance for
             113      the school, its governing body, and its employees;
             114          (j) the proposed school calendar, including the length of the school day and school
             115      year;
             116          (k) whether any agreements have been entered into or plans developed with school
             117      districts regarding participation of charter school students in extracurricular activities within
             118      the school districts;
             119          (l) the district within which the school will be located and the address of the school's
             120      physical facility, if known at the time the charter is signed;

             121          (m) the qualifications to be required of the teachers, including the requirement of a
             122      criminal background check;
             123          (n) in the case of an existing public school converting to charter status, alternative
             124      arrangements for current students who choose not to attend the charter school and for current
             125      teachers who choose not to teach at the school after its conversion to charter status;
             126          (o) the school's intention to create a library;
             127          (p) a description of school administrative and supervisory services;
             128          (q) fiscal procedures that are consistent with generally accepted financial management
             129      standards to be used by the school;
             130          (r) the school's policies and procedures regarding:
             131          (i) employee evaluation; and
             132          (ii) employment of relatives; and
             133          (s) an acknowledgment that neither the chartering entity nor the state, including an
             134      agency of the state, is liable for the debts or financial obligations of the charter school or
             135      persons or entities who operate the charter school.
             136          (4) [A] (a) Except as provided in Subsection (4)(b), a charter may be modified by
             137      mutual agreement of the chartering entity and the governing body of the school.
             138          (b) (i) Subject to Subsection (4)(c), at the request of the governing body of a charter
             139      school that is selected to participate in the Student-Centered Learning Pilot Program created in
             140      Section 53A-15-1303 , the chartering entity shall attach an addendum to the school's charter
             141      indicating the charter is modified to be consistent with the requirements of the
             142      Student-Centered Learning Pilot Program and describing those modifications.
             143          (ii) A chartering entity shall make the modifications described in Subsection (4)(b)(i)
             144      without requiring the charter school to participate in a charter amendment process.
             145          (c) (i) If an increase in a charter school's enrollment capacity is required to participate
             146      in the Student-Centered Learning Pilot Program, the charter school shall submit a request for
             147      an increase in enrollment capacity to the State Board of Education.
             148          (ii) The State Board of Education may approve an increase in enrollment capacity for
             149      the charter school subject to the availability of sufficient funds appropriated under Section
             150      53A-1a-513 .
             151          (5) In accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act, the

             152      State Board of Education shall make rules that establish the procedures and deadlines for
             153      approved charter schools to apply and qualify for expansion, including the establishment of
             154      satellite campuses.
             155          Section 3. Section 53A-15-1301 is enacted to read:
Part 13. Student-Centered Learning Pilot Program

             157          53A-15-1301. Title.
             158          This part is known as the "Student-Centered Learning Pilot Program."
             159          Section 4. Section 53A-15-1302 is enacted to read:
             160          53A-15-1302. Definitions.
             161          As used in this part:
             162          (1) "Blended learning" means a formal education program in which a student learns:
             163          (a) at least in part through online delivery of content and instruction with some element
             164      of student control over time, place, path, or pace; and
             165          (b) at least in part at a supervised brick-and-mortar location away from home.
             166          (2) "Board" means the State Board of Education.
             167          (3) "Competency-based education" is as defined in Section 53A-1-409 .
             168          (4) "Data-driven instruction" means instruction in which quantifiable data is:
             169          (a) obtained by frequently assessing a student's attainment of observable and
             170      measurable goals set to determine whether the student is making academic progress, staying the
             171      same, or regressing academically; and
             172          (b) used to guide the instructor in determining:
             173          (i) the student's next step after mastering a concept; or
             174          (ii) necessary interventions or modifications to instructional methods to provide the
             175      student with a better understanding of academic concepts.
             176          (5) "Extended school year schedule" means a school calendar and schedule that operate
             177      beyond a traditional school calendar and provide instruction year-round.
             178          (6) "Extended work schedule" means a work schedule that includes additional hours of
             179      instruction time beyond a traditional school calendar to accommodate year-round instruction.
             180          (7) "Pilot program" means the Student-Centered Learning Pilot Program.
             181          (8) "Pilot school" means a school that participates in the Student-Centered Learning
             182      Pilot Program.

             183          (9) "STEM" means science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
             184          Section 5. Section 53A-15-1303 is enacted to read:
             185          53A-15-1303. Student-Centered Learning Pilot Program established.
             186          (1) The Student-Centered Learning Pilot Program is created to develop and implement
             187      educational models that:
             188          (a) deliver instruction through blended learning;
             189          (b) use an extended school year schedule;
             190          (c) use data-driven instruction; and
             191          (d) use competency-based education.
             192          (2) The State Board of Education shall:
             193          (a) select schools to participate in the pilot program based on a competitive application
             194      process;
             195          (b) make the application forms and procedures available to school districts and charter
             196      schools on or before September 1, 2013;
             197          (c) select up to 10 pilot schools and award grants as provided in Section 53A-1-1304
             198      on or before December 31, 2013; and
             199          (d) make rules, in accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah Administrative
             200      Rulemaking Act, and this part, establishing procedures and requirements for submitting
             201      applications to participate in the pilot program and for selecting applicants.
             202          Section 6. Section 53A-15-1304 is enacted to read:
             203          53A-15-1304. Consulting and technical services.
             204          (1) (a) The board shall select a consultant through a request for proposals process to
             205      provide consulting services to the board on the pilot program and to assist school districts and
             206      charter schools in designing and implementing educational models that meet the requirements
             207      of Section 53A-15-1305 .
             208          (b) The board shall select a consultant as specified in Subsection (1)(a) no later than
             209      June 30, 2013.
             210          (2) A consultant selected under Subsection (1) shall:
             211          (a) offer a comprehensive suite of design and implementation services related to
             212      personalized learning that will allow a pilot school to customize its system for the delivery of
             213      online education and select the applications that best meet the needs of the school; and

             214          (b) have significant experience in:
             215          (i) implementing different types of blended learning models in elementary and
             216      secondary schools; and
             217          (ii) assessing school and school district readiness to implement blended learning.
             218          (3) Of the $275,000 appropriated to the State Board of Education in fiscal year 2014
             219      for the Student-Centered Learning Pilot Program, the board may use up to $75,000 to contract
             220      with the consultant to:
             221          (a) conduct statewide training to introduce the pilot program and assist applicants in
             222      drafting an application;
             223          (b) consult on the development of the pilot program application and application
             224      process;
             225          (c) develop criteria and guidelines for scoring and selecting applications; and
             226          (d) consult on the selection of applications based on key success factors in blended
             227      learning implementations.
             228          (4) The board shall use the remaining money appropriated for the pilot program after
             229      the contract expenses described in Subsection (3) to make grants, by January 2014, to school
             230      districts and charter schools selected to participate in the pilot program.
             231          (5) A school district or charter school awarded a grant shall use the grant money to
             232      contract with the consultant selected by the board under Subsection (1) to:
             233          (a) design and implement blended learning at a pilot school, including:
             234          (i) designing the instructional model;
             235          (ii) selecting digital content;
             236          (iii) cocreating a plan for hardware and facility readiness;
             237          (iv) providing professional development; and
             238          (v) developing professional learning communities;
             239          (b) provide support to a pilot school through the first year of operation, including:
             240          (i) ongoing professional development;
             241          (ii) access to online professional learning communities and resources;
             242          (iii) technical assistance; and
             243          (iv) assistance in modifying and improving a pilot school's educational model; and
             244          (c) develop a community of practice among pilot schools for sharing practices,

             245      collaborating, problem solving, refining, and enhancing student-centered learning models.
             246          Section 7. Section 53A-15-1305 is enacted to read:
             247          53A-15-1305. Eligibility requirements to participate in the Student-Centered
             248      Learning Pilot Program -- Additional considerations.
             249          (1) To be eligible to participate in the pilot program, a pilot school shall:
             250          (a) deliver instruction through blended learning;
             251          (b) provide instruction to students through an extended school year schedule;
             252          (c) utilize blended learning and an extended school year schedule to increase student
             253      enrollment, generating additional money to increase teacher compensation, thereby allowing
             254      teachers to be compensated for a full 12 months of instruction;
             255          (d) use data-driven instruction;
             256          (e) use competency-based education;
             257          (f) integrate blended learning, data-driven instruction, and competency-based education
             258      to make individualized or personalized instruction core to the instructional model;
             259          (g) develop and implement a professional development plan that addresses the
             260      individual professional development needs of each teacher and includes training in:
             261          (i) delivering instruction within a blended learning model;
             262          (ii) using data-driven instruction;
             263          (iii) delivering differentiated instruction; and
             264          (iv) using online content and digital tools;
             265          (h) develop and implement a plan for assisting parents in engaging in their students'
             266      education that complies with the following:
             267          (i) the technology tools employed by the school shall be utilized to create transparency
             268      and collaboration in the education process and enable parents to be partners in their students'
             269      education in real time; and
             270          (ii) parents shall have access through technology to real-time student data and
             271      instructional content in order to monitor and stay informed about their students' progress as
             272      they assist their students with learning;
             273          (i) be a new school, a whole school conversion, or operate as a separate program within
             274      an existing school;
             275          (j) begin operating as a pilot school no later than the 2015-16 school year; and

             276          (k) share with other school districts and leaders across the state the school's experience
             277      in implementing the pilot program, the impacts of the program, and any policy considerations.
             278          (2) In selecting applicants to participate in the pilot program, the State Board of
             279      Education shall give additional consideration to an applicant that:
             280          (a) allows students the opportunity to apply and reinforce learning by engaging in
             281      projects;
             282          (b) encourages students to learn and work collaboratively with other students to
             283      develop essential social and workplace skills;
             284          (c) allows students to participate in internships through partnerships with employers;
             285          (d) requires students to take a course of study leading to an associate's degree or a
             286      technical skills certification upon high school graduation;
             287          (e) has a STEM focused mission and curriculum;
             288          (f) has a well developed college and career readiness plan;
             289          (g) encourages students to utilize BYOD "bring your own device" as part of the
             290      school's technology device policy;
             291          (h) proposes to establish the pilot program throughout a complete kindergarten through
             292      grade 12 feeder system;
             293          (i) incorporates dual-immersion language programs into a complete kindergarten
             294      through grade 12 feeder system;
             295          (j) employs teachers under the extended work schedule who earn approximately 50%
             296      more than a teacher working a traditional school calendar year;
             297          (k) provides an expanded benefits package to employees that includes paid vacation
             298      and holidays;
             299          (l) is a Title I school; or
             300          (m) establishes sustainable, scalable programs that can be replicated.
             301          Section 8. Section 53A-15-1306 is enacted to read:
             302          53A-15-1306. Selection of pilot program participants -- Advisory committee.
             303          (1) The State Board of Education shall establish an advisory committee to review
             304      applications to participate in the pilot program.
             305          (2) The advisory committee may offer suggestions and recommendations to the State
             306      Board of Education on the selection of applicants.

             307          (3) The advisory committee shall include representatives of stakeholders, including the
             308      following legislators who shall serve as nonvoting members:
             309          (a) the chair of the House Education Standing Committee;
             310          (b) the chair of the Senate Education Standing Committee;
             311          (c) the Senate chair of the Public Education Appropriations Subcommittee; and
             312          (d) the House chair of the Public Education Appropriations Subcommittee.
             313          Section 9. Section 53A-15-1307 is enacted to read:
             314          53A-15-1307. Implementation funding.
             315          (1) In the 2014 General Session, the board shall submit recommendations to the
             316      Legislature for funding the implementation of the pilot program in the selected pilot schools,
             317      including the cost of:
             318          (a) a consultant selected by the board, who:
             319          (i) in the first year of operations, assists pilot schools in the final design and
             320      implementation of the pilot program; and
             321          (ii) in the second and third years of operations, provides continuing professional
             322      development and technical support to pilot schools and assists pilot schools in the modification
             323      and improvement of each school's educational model and in refreshing each school's digital
             324      content;
             325          (b) equipment for the delivery of instruction;
             326          (c) digital content; and
             327          (d) assessments.
             328          (2) Subject to legislative appropriations, the board may make grants to school districts
             329      and charter schools participating in the pilot program for up to three years, with the amount of a
             330      grant decreasing each year.
             331          Section 10. Section 53A-15-1308 is enacted to read:
             332          53A-15-1308. Enrollment of students in a pilot school -- Selection of pilot school
             333      teachers.
             334          (1) Section 53A-1a-506 shall govern the eligibility of students for enrollment at a
             335      charter school that is a pilot school.
             336          (2) (a) A local school board shall adopt rules governing the enrollment of students at a
             337      pilot school.

             338          (b) The rules adopted under Subsection (2)(a) shall include policies and procedures to
             339      ensure that decisions regarding enrollment requests are administered fairly without prejudice to
             340      any student or class of student, except as provided in Subsection (2)(c).
             341          (c) Policies for enrolling students in a pilot school may include:
             342          (i) giving priority to a student who:
             343          (A) resides within the attendance boundaries of a pilot school; or
             344          (B) resides within the school district in which the pilot school is located; or
             345          (ii) limiting enrollment based on the capacity of a program, class, grade level, or the
             346      pilot school.
             347          (3) A school district shall solicit applications for teaching positions for a pilot school
             348      and hire teachers from a list of interested and qualified applicants.
             349          Section 11. Section 53A-15-1309 is enacted to read:
             350          53A-15-1309. Student enrolled in a pilot school may not count as more than one
             351      ADM -- Exception.
             352          (1) The course credits of a pilot school student shall be included in the school district's
             353      or charter school's calculation of average daily membership, except as provided in Subsection
             354      (2).
             355          (2) A student enrolled in a pilot school may not count as more than one pupil in
             356      average daily membership (ADM), unless the student intends to complete high school
             357      graduation requirements, and exit high school, early, in accordance with the student's
             358      education/occupation plan (SEOP).
             359          Section 12. Section 53A-15-1310 is enacted to read:
             360          53A-15-1310. Flexibility in complying with a school district or charter school
             361      policy.
             362          A local school board or charter school governing board shall grant flexibility to a pilot
             363      school in complying with a school district or charter school policy that prohibits the pilot
             364      school from meeting the requirements of the pilot program.
             365          Section 13. Section 53A-15-1311 is enacted to read:
             366          53A-15-1311. Report to Legislature.
             367          The State Board of Education and the pilot program grantees shall make an annual
             368      report to the Legislature that:

             369          (1) compares the academic performance of students participating in the pilot program
             370      with students in other schools that have demographic characteristics that are similar to those of
             371      the pilot program students; and
             372          (2) describes the extent to which the pilot schools:
             373          (a) use online content and digital tools as integral elements of instruction and learning;
             374          (b) maximize engagement and achievement by addressing the needs of each student
             375      through personalized instruction;
             376          (c) advance students upon mastery of competencies;
             377          (d) create a culture that supports individualized learning across students, teachers,
             378      school district and charter school leadership, and parents;
             379          (e) improve system structure and policy to allow for efficiencies in teacher practice,
             380      scheduling, staffing, and use of space;
             381          (f) allocate time, resources, and places in a way that provides maximum flexibility for a
             382      student-centered learning environment;
             383          (g) provide teachers the opportunity to receive a competitive compensation based on an
             384      extended work schedule;
             385          (h) establish sustainable, scalable programs that can be replicated;
             386          (i) improve student learning outcomes;
             387          (j) better prepare students for college and the workforce; and
             388          (k) close achievement gaps.
             389          Section 14. Appropriation.
             390          Under the terms and conditions of Title 63J, Chapter 1, Budgetary Procedures Act, for
             391      the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2013, and ending June 30, 2014, the following sums of money
             392      are appropriated from resources not otherwise appropriated, or reduced from amounts
             393      previously appropriated, out of the funds or accounts indicated. These sums of money are in
             394      addition to any amounts previously appropriated for fiscal year 2014.
             395          To State Board of Education
             396              From Education Fund

             397              Schedule of Programs:
             398                  Student-Centered Learning Pilot Program        $275,000
             399          Section 15. Effective date.

             400          (1) Except as provided in Subsection (2), this bill takes effect on May 14, 2013.
             401          (2) Uncodified Section 14, Appropriation, takes effect on July 1, 2013.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 2-13-13 1:11 PM

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