130th Ohio General Assembly
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S. B. No. 219  As Introduced
As Introduced

129th General Assembly
Regular Session
2011-2012
S. B. No. 219


Senator Sawyer 

Cosponsors: Senators Schiavoni, Skindell, Turner, Kearney 



A BILL
To amend sections 3301.0712, 3314.016, and 3314.35 and to repeal section 3314.36 of the Revised Code to eliminate the exemption for community schools serving dropouts from the requirement to permanently close for poor academic performance.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF OHIO:
Section 1. That sections 3301.0712, 3314.016, and 3314.35 of the Revised Code be amended to read as follows:
Sec. 3301.0712.  (A) The state board of education, the superintendent of public instruction, and the chancellor of the Ohio board of regents shall develop a system of college and work ready assessments as described in divisions (B)(1) and (2) of this section to assess whether each student upon graduating from high school is ready to enter college or the workforce. The system shall replace the Ohio graduation tests prescribed in division (B)(1) of section 3301.0710 of the Revised Code as a measure of student academic performance and a prerequisite for eligibility for a high school diploma in the manner prescribed by rule of the state board adopted under division (D) of this section.
(B) The college and work ready assessment system shall consist of the following:
(1) A nationally standardized assessment that measures college and career readiness selected jointly by the state superintendent and the chancellor.
(2) A series of end-of-course examinations in the areas of science, mathematics, English language arts, and social studies selected jointly by the state superintendent and the chancellor in consultation with faculty in the appropriate subject areas at institutions of higher education of the university system of Ohio. For each subject area, the state superintendent and chancellor shall select multiple assessments that school districts, public schools, and chartered nonpublic schools may use as end-of-course examinations. Those assessments shall include nationally recognized subject area assessments, such as advanced placement examinations, SAT subject tests, international baccalaureate examinations, and other assessments of college and work readiness.
(C) Not later than thirty days after the state board adopts the model curricula required by division (B) of section 3301.079 of the Revised Code, the state board shall convene a group of national experts, state experts, and local practitioners to provide advice, guidance, and recommendations for the alignment of standards and model curricula to the assessments and in the design of the end-of-course examinations prescribed by this section.
(D) Upon completion of the development of the assessment system, the state board shall adopt rules prescribing all of the following:
(1) A timeline and plan for implementation of the assessment system, including a phased implementation if the state board determines such a phase-in is warranted;
(2) The date after which a person entering ninth grade shall meet the requirements of the entire assessment system as a prerequisite for a high school diploma under section 3313.61, 3313.612, or 3325.08 of the Revised Code;
(3) The date after which a person shall meet the requirements of the entire assessment system as a prerequisite for a diploma of adult education under section 3313.611 of the Revised Code;
(4) Whether and the extent to which a person may be excused from a social studies end-of-course examination under division (H) of section 3313.61 and division (B)(2) of section 3313.612 of the Revised Code;
(5) The date after which a person who has fulfilled the curriculum requirement for a diploma but has not passed one or more of the required assessments at the time the person fulfilled the curriculum requirement shall meet the requirements of the entire assessment system as a prerequisite for a high school diploma under division (B) of section 3313.614 of the Revised Code;
(6) The extent to which the assessment system applies to students enrolled in a dropout recovery and prevention program for purposes of division (F) of section 3313.603 and section 3314.36 of the Revised Code.
No rule adopted under this division shall be effective earlier than one year after the date the rule is filed in final form pursuant to Chapter 119. of the Revised Code.
(E) Not later than forty-five days prior to the state board's adoption of a resolution directing the department of education to file the rules prescribed by division (D) of this section in final form under section 119.04 of the Revised Code, the superintendent of public instruction shall present the assessment system developed under this section to the respective committees of the house of representatives and senate that consider education legislation.
Sec. 3314.016. This section applies to any entity that sponsors a community school, regardless of whether section 3314.021 or 3314.027 of the Revised Code exempts the entity from the requirement to be approved for sponsorship under divisions (A)(2) and (B)(1) of section 3314.015 of the Revised Code.
(A) An entity that sponsors a community school shall be permitted to enter into contracts under section 3314.03 of the Revised Code to sponsor additional community schools only if the entity meets both of the following criteria:
(1) The entity is in compliance with all provisions of this chapter requiring sponsors of community schools to report data or information to the department of education.
(2) The entity is not ranked in the lowest twenty per cent of community school sponsors on the ranking prescribed by division (B) of this section.
(B) For purposes of this section, the department shall develop a composite performance index score, as defined in section 3302.01 of the Revised Code, that measures the academic performance of students enrolled in community schools sponsored by the same entity. In calculating the composite performance index score, the department shall exclude all community schools described in division (A)(3) of section 3314.35 of the Revised Code, but the department shall cease to exclude those schools beginning January 1, 2013, if the general assembly does not enact by that date separate performance standards for community schools that operate dropout prevention and recovery programs and for community schools that serve students with disabilities. The department annually shall rank all entities that sponsor community schools from highest to lowest according to the entities' composite performance index scores.
(C) If the governing authority of a community school enters into a contract with a sponsor prior to the date on which the sponsor is prohibited from sponsoring additional schools under division (A) of this section and the school has not opened for operation as of that date, that contract shall be void and the school shall not open until the governing authority secures a new sponsor by entering into a contract with the new sponsor under section 3314.03 of the Revised Code.
Sec. 3314.35.  (A)(1) Except as provided in division (A)(3) of this section, this section applies to any community school that meets one of the following criteria after July 1, 2009, but before July 1, 2011:
(a) The school does not offer a grade level higher than three and has been declared to be in a state of academic emergency under section 3302.03 of the Revised Code for three of the four most recent school years.
(b) The school satisfies all of the following conditions:
(i) The school offers any of grade levels four to eight but does not offer a grade level higher than nine.
(ii) The school has been declared to be in a state of academic emergency under section 3302.03 of the Revised Code for two of the three most recent school years.
(iii) In at least two of the three most recent school years, the school showed less than one standard year of academic growth in either reading or mathematics, as determined by the department of education in accordance with rules adopted under division (A) of section 3302.021 of the Revised Code.
(c) The school offers any of grade levels ten to twelve and has been declared to be in a state of academic emergency under section 3302.03 of the Revised Code for three of the four most recent school years.
(2) Except as provided in division (A)(3) of this section, this section applies to any community school that meets one of the following criteria after July 1, 2011:
(a) The school does not offer a grade level higher than three and has been declared to be in a state of academic emergency under section 3302.03 of the Revised Code for two of the three most recent school years.
(b) The school satisfies all of the following conditions:
(i) The school offers any of grade levels four to eight but does not offer a grade level higher than nine.
(ii) The school has been declared to be in a state of academic emergency under section 3302.03 of the Revised Code for two of the three most recent school years.
(iii) In at least two of the three most recent school years, the school showed less than one standard year of academic growth in either reading or mathematics, as determined by the department in accordance with rules adopted under division (A) of section 3302.021 of the Revised Code.
(c) The school offers any of grade levels ten to twelve and has been declared to be in a state of academic emergency under section 3302.03 of the Revised Code for two of the three most recent school years.
(3) This section does not apply to either of the following:
(a) Any community school in which a majority of the students are enrolled in a dropout prevention and recovery program that is operated by the school and that has been granted a waiver under section 3314.36 of the Revised Code;
(b) Any any community school in which a majority of the enrolled students are children with disabilities receiving special education and related services in accordance with Chapter 3323. of the Revised Code.
(B) Any community school to which this section applies shall permanently close at the conclusion of the school year in which the school first becomes subject to this section. The sponsor and governing authority of the school shall comply with all procedures for closing a community school adopted by the department under division (E) of section 3314.015 of the Revised Code. The governing authority of the school shall not enter into a contract with any other sponsor under section 3314.03 of the Revised Code after the school closes.
(C) In accordance with division (B) of section 3314.012 of the Revised Code, the department shall not consider the performance ratings assigned to a community school for its first two years of operation when determining whether the school meets the criteria prescribed by division (A)(1) or (2) of this section.
Section 2. That existing sections 3301.0712, 3314.016, and 3314.35 and section 3314.36 of the Revised Code are hereby repealed.
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