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House Bill 78 (Public) Filed Thursday, February 11, 2021
AN ACT TO AUTHORIZE ADDITIONAL NATIONALLY STANDARDIZED TESTS TO SATISFY NINTH GRADE PRIVATE SCHOOL TESTING REQUIREMENTS AND TO MAKE CHANGES FOR IN-STATE TUITION FOR VETERANS TO COMPLY WITH FEDERAL LAW.
Intro. by Blackwell, Clemmons, Elmore, Hurley.

Status: Ch. SL 2021-111 (Aug 23 2021)

SOG comments (2):

Title change

House committee substitute to the 1st edition changed the long title.  Original title was AN ACT TO REQUIRE ANNUAL REPORTING ON PARTICIPATION ON COMPUTER SCIENCE COURSES AND COURSE OF STUDY, AS RECOMMENDED BY THE JOINT LEGISLATIVE EDUCATION OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE.

Long title change

Senate committee substitute to the 2nd edition changed the long title. Previous long title was AN ACT TO REQUIRE ANNUAL REPORTING ON PARTICIPATION ON COMPUTER SCIENCE COURSES AND COURSE OF STUDY.

Bill History:

H 78/S.L. 2021-111

Bill Summaries:

  • Summary date: Aug 24 2021 - More information

    AN ACT TO AUTHORIZE ADDITIONAL NATIONALLY STANDARDIZED TESTS TO SATISFY NINTH GRADE PRIVATE SCHOOL TESTING REQUIREMENTS AND TO MAKE CHANGES FOR IN-STATE TUITION FOR VETERANS TO COMPLY WITH FEDERAL LAW. SL 2021-111. Enacted Aug. 23, 2021. Effective Aug. 23, 2021, except as otherwise provided.


  • Summary date: Aug 4 2021 - More information

    Senate committee substitute deletes the content of the 2nd edition and replaces it with the following.

    Part I.

    Amends GS 115C-549 and GS 115C-557, regarding standardized testing requirements in private church schools, schools of religious charter, and qualified nonpublic schools for grades three, six, and nine. Changes the requirements for testing in grade nine to allow the standardized test or other equivalent measurement selected to measure competencies in the verbal and quantitative areas as an alternative to measuring achievement in the areas of English grammar, reading, spelling, and math. 

    Similarly, amends GS 115C-562.5(a) regarding standardized testing requirements of nonpublic schools accepting students receiving scholarship grants for grades three and higher. Changes the requirements for testing in grades nine through twelve to allow the standardized test or other equivalent measurement selected to measure competencies in the verbal and quantitative areas as an alternative to measuring achievement in the areas of English grammar, reading, spelling, and math. 

    Makes the above changes apply to tests given beginning with the 2021-22 school year.

    Part II.

    Amends GS 116-143.3A, which provides for in-state tuition for veterans and their dependents for enrollment in an institution of higher education, to the extent required by specified federal law, without satisfying the 12-month residency requirements, if the individual meets specified criteria. Eliminates subsection (d), which provides for continued eligibility for in-state tuition if the individual remains continuously enrolled after the expiration of the three-year period following discharge as described in specified federal law. 

    Changes the act's titles.


  • Summary date: Feb 23 2021 - More information

    House committee substitute amends the 1st edition as follows.

    Modifies the proposed changes to GS 115C-12, which adds annual computer science reporting to the duties of the State Board of Education (SBE). Now specifies that the SBE is to annually report to the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee. Changes the report due date to November 15 (was, September 15). Amends the required data for each item of the report to include (1) statewide data for the current school year, and the four years prior when data is available, to establish trends in computer science instruction, and (2) data for the current school year for each public school unit, disaggregated by school (previously required for each item statewide data for the most recent year available, and the four years of data prior, when available, and data for each local school administrative unit and charter school, when available). Requires the report to indicate when statewide courses and elective computer science or computational thinking courses are offered on a semester basis by public school units.

    Enacts GS 115C-47(65), GS 115C-75.9(o), GS 115C-218.75(i), GS 115C-238.66(17), GS 116-239.8(b)(19), and Section 6(d)(1a) of SL 2018-32, to require local boards of education, innovative schools, charter schools, regional schools, laboratory schools, and renewal school systems to annual report to SBE by September 15 the information required of the new computer science reporting requirement under GS 115C-12.

    Changes the act's long title.


  • Summary date: Feb 11 2021 - More information

    Amends GS 115C-12 to add annual computer science reporting to the duties of the State Board of Education (SBE) in the general supervision of the public school system. Requires reporting to include (1) the number of teachers employed to teach computational thinking and computer sciences, (2) all computer science and computational thinking courses offered statewide and the number of students enrolled in each, and (3) the numbers of students enrolled in computer science and computational thinking courses by grade level. Further specifies data reporting requirements. 


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