Legislative Update – March 6, 2015

The House will take up their version of the budget beginning Monday, March 9th.  Once the House approves the budget, it will go to the Senate and the process will begin again, e.g. the version that comes out of the House will not be the final budget.

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

On Tuesday, March 3rd, the K-12 subcommittee approved the following regulations:

Document 4476 – Defined Program 6-8: Regulation 43-232 establishes that each school district board of trustees shall ensure quality schooling by providing a rigorous, relevant curriculum for all students. Each school district shall examine the academic achievement standards adopted by the South Carolina State Board of Education. Elementary, middle, and high school faculty and staff shall work together to ensure that students are prepared to achieve these standards. When approved by the principal and the parents, a student promoted to the seventh or eighth grade may take units of ninth grade or higher work for school credit. The amendment will narrow the language to ensure high school credit given in the middle school level must be high school–level courses that have been approved by the South Carolina Department of Education.

Document 4477 –  Defined Program, Grades 9-12 and Graduation Requirements: Regulation 43-234 establishes that each school board of trustees must ensure quality schooling by providing a rigorous, relevant curriculum for all students. The regulation also stipulates that each school district must offer a standards‑based academic curriculum organized around a career cluster system that provides students with individualized education choices. The regulation also defines the graduation requirements for the state.  An amendment will remove the language referring to the exit examination as required for high school graduation. Another amendment will delete the recommended course section due to ever-changing recommendations.

Document 4491 – Adult Education: Regulation 43-259 – The State Board of Education is responsible for the administration, coordination, and management of adult basic and adult secondary (high school equivalency diploma and high school diploma) education for the purpose of facilitating and coordinating adult basic and adult secondary (high school equivalency diploma and high school diploma) education programs for South Carolina adults whose level of educational attainment is below high school, as prescribed by state and federal laws and regulations.  (Removes reference to the exit exam).

Document 4495 – Program for Assisting, Developing, and Evaluating Principal Performance (PADEPP): Regulation 43-165.1 defines the performance standards and criteria for assisting, developing, and evaluating principals in South Carolina. Regulation 43-165.1 also defines the rating scale for determining levels of effectiveness regarding a principal’s performance. The amendments will change the rating levels to specify that a satisfactory rating will be identified as “Proficient” or higher and an additional standard will be added to the present standards. The additional standard will be a Student Growth standard which will comprise a portion of the principal’s overall evaluation as specified in the guidelines approved by the State Board of Education.

Document Number: 4478 – Requirements for Additional Areas of Certification: State Board of Education Regulation 43-62 governs the requirements for add-on certification for educators in South Carolina. Amendments to Regulation 43-62 will (1) clearly define the terms add-on certification and endorsement and (2) remove specific requirements for add-on areas and endorsements from the regulation. The specific requirements for add-on areas and endorsements will then be promulgated in guidelines to be approved by the State Board of Education. These changes allow the Board to continue to provide appropriately qualified educators for South Carolina public schools and to address needed changes in educator training and preparation more readily

Document Number: 4494 – Procedures and Standards for Review of Charter School Applications: State Board of Education Regulation 43-601 governs the procedures and standards for review of charter school applications. The proposed amendments would align Regulation 43-601 to (1) recent changes to the South Carolina Charter Schools Act of 1996 and (2) the guidance and compliance provided to both sponsors and applicants by the South Carolina Department within the South Carolina Public Charter School Application Guidance.

The House K12 subcommittee returned the following regulations in order for the Department of Education to make the language conform to the requirements of the Education Accountability Act:

Document Number: 4529 – Assessment Program: The State Board of Education (SBE) proposes to amend Regulation 43-262. This regulation delineates requirements for assessment programs managed by the Office of Assessment. Amendments are being proposed to merge language from Regulations 43-260 and 43-262.4 into this regulation so that regulations governing assessments are in one regulation. Duplicative language resulting from merging the three regulations is deleted. In compliance with Section 59-18-310 of Act 155 that states that “students are no longer required to meet the exit examination requirements to earn a South Carolina high school diploma,” references to passing an exit examination as a condition for receiving a South Carolina high school diploma have been deleted.

Document Number: 4530 – End-of-Course Tests: The State Board of Education (SBE) proposes to repeal Regulation 43-262.4, End-of-Course Tests. The requirements of this regulation are to be merged with Regulation 43-262, Assessment Program.

Document Number: 4532 – Use and Dissemination of Test Results: The State Board of Education (SBE) proposes to repeal Regulation 43-260, Use and Dissemination of Test Results. The requirements of this regulation are to be merged with Regulation 43-262, Assessment Program.

Document Number: 4531 – Test Security: The State Board of Education (SBE) proposes to amend Regulation 43-100. Test Security. This regulation defines test security violations.

There was no Education and Public Works Committee meeting this week.

On Wednesday, March 4th, the Judiciary Committee provided a favorable report on the following bill(s):

H.3099 (Reporting Child Abuse) adds school administrators to the list of individuals required to report to law enforcement or the Department of Social Services when, in their professional or volunteer capacity, they receive information which gives them reason to believe that a child has been or may be abused or neglected.  The bill was reported favorably.  Note that principals, assistant principals and teachers are already included in the list of mandated reporters.

Floor actions this week include:

H.3041 (Appointing Superintendent) deletes the Superintendent of Education from the list of state officers which the constitution requires to be elected and provide that the Superintendent of Education must be appointed by the Governor.  Debate was adjourned until March 17th.

SENATE

On Tuesday March 3rd and Wednesday May 4th the K-12 Education Budget Subcommittee heard budget requests from the following organizations:

Governor’s School for Arts and Humanities, Governor’s School for Science and Math, School for Deaf and Blind, Archives and History, ETV, State Library, John De la Howe, Wil Lou Gray Opportunity School, State Museum, and the Confederate Relic Room.

There was no Education Committee meeting this week.

There were no floor actions in the Senate this which pertained to K-12 education.

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