Senator Howard A. Stephenson proposes the following substitute bill:





Chief Sponsor: Howard A. Stephenson

House Sponsor: Bradley G. Last


9     General Description:
10          This bill amends student requirements to demonstrate mathematics competency.
11     Highlighted Provisions:
12          This bill:
13          ▸      requires the State Board of Regents to select at least two tests for college-level math
14     placement.
15     Money Appropriated in this Bill:
16          None
17     Other Special Clauses:
18          None
19     Utah Code Sections Affected:
20     AMENDS:
21          53A-1-1302, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2015, Chapter 443

23     Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
24          Section 1. Section 53A-1-1302 is amended to read:
25          53A-1-1302. Career and college readiness mathematics competency standards.

26          (1) As used in this section, "qualifying score" means a score established as described in
27     Subsection (4), that, if met by a student, qualifies the student to receive college credit for a
28     mathematics course that satisfies the state system of higher education quantitative literacy
29     requirement.
30          (2) The State Board of Education shall, in accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah
31     Administrative Rulemaking Act, make rules that:
32          (a) (i) establish the mathematics competency standards described in Subsection (3) as a
33     graduation requirement beginning with the 2016-17 school year; and
34          (ii) include the qualifying scores described in Subsection (4); and
35          (b) establish systematic reporting of college and career ready mathematics
36     achievement.
37          (3) In addition to other graduation requirements established by the State Board of
38     Education, a student shall fulfill one of the following requirements to demonstrate mathematics
39     competency that supports the student's future college and career goals as outlined in the
40     student's college and career plan:
41          (a) for a student pursuing a college degree after graduation:
42          (i) receive a score that at least meets the qualifying score for:
43          (A) an Advanced Placement calculus or statistics exam;
44          (B) an International Baccalaureate higher level mathematics exam;
45          (C) [the ACCUPLACER College-Level Math test or an equivalent] a college-level
46     math placement test described in Subsection (5);
47          (D) a College Level Examination Program precalculus or calculus exam; or
48          (E) the ACT Mathematics Test; or
49          (ii) receive at least a "C" grade in a concurrent enrollment mathematics course that
50     satisfies the state system of higher education quantitative literacy requirement;
51          (b) for a non college degree-seeking student, the student shall complete appropriate
52     math competencies for the student's career goals as described in the student's college and career
53     plan;
54          (c) for a student with an individualized education program prepared in accordance with
55     the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, 20 U.S.C. Sec. 1400 et seq., the student shall
56     meet the mathematics standards described in the student's individualized education program; or

57          (d) for a senior student with special circumstances as described in State Board of
58     Education rule, the student shall fulfill a requirement associated with the student's special
59     circumstances, as established in State Board of Education rule.
60          (4) The State Board of Regents shall, in consultation with the State Board of
61     Education, determine qualifying scores for the tests and exams described in Subsection
62     (3)(a)(i).
63          (5) The State Board of Regents, established in Section 53B-1-103, [may] shall make a
64     policy to select at least [one test the State Board of Regents finds is equivalent to the
65     ACCUPLACER College-Level Math test] two tests for college-level math placement.
66          (6) The State Board of Regents shall, in consultation with the State Board of
67     Education, make policies to:
68          (a) develop mechanisms for a student who completes a math competency requirement
69     described in Subsection (3)(a) to:
70          (i) receive college credit; and
71          (ii) satisfy the state system of higher education quantitative literacy requirement;
72          (b) allow a student, upon completion of required high school mathematics courses with
73     at least a "C" grade, entry into a mathematics concurrent enrollment course;
74          (c) increase access to a range of mathematics concurrent enrollment courses;
75          (d) establish a consistent concurrent enrollment course approval process; and
76          (e) establish a consistent process to qualify high school teachers with an upper level
77     mathematics endorsement to teach entry level mathematics concurrent enrollment courses.