Bill Summary for H 948 (2021)

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May 12 2021

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House Bill 948 (Public) Filed Tuesday, May 11, 2021
AN ACT TO INCORPORATE MEASURES OF PROPORTIONALITY AND EQUALITY INTO STATE ACCOUNTABILITY MODELS.
Intro. by Brockman.

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Amends GS 115C-83.15 to require the State Board of Education (State Board) to award racial and ethnic proportionality scores and a proportionality designation in addition to school achievement, growth, and performance scores and associated grade. Details proportionality score calculation and assignment of a proportionality designation for each school, in order to compare the demographic profile of the school to that of the county in which the school is located. Provides for school proportionality designations from highly proportional to highly disproportional, based on the proportionality score calculated for each school.

Additionally requires the State Board to calculate measures of equality of access for subgroups in each school that serves the minimum number of students in the four subgroups identified in subsection (d1) (subgroups include economically disadvantaged students; students from major racial and ethnic groups; children with disabilities; and English learners) to demonstrate the extent to which each school's population of each subgroup has access to school resources associated with high educational achievement. Specifies calculations the State Board must make regarding participation in or exposure to certain programs and teachers for racial and ethnic subgroups and economically disadvantaged subgroups within a school. Specifies calculations the State Board must make regarding the school and subgroup's average of certain activities and staff ratios for racial and ethnic subgroups and economically disadvantages subgroups within a local school administrative unit.

Details required display of the new data on the annual report card, including indicating progress made by the school or unit towards reducing segregation and providing students with equality of access to school resources associated with high educational achievement.

Appropriates $250,000 from the General Fund to the Department of Public Instruction for 2021-22 to comply with the act. 

Makes conforming changes to GS 115C-12 regarding annual report cards. Additionally specifies that identification of military-connected students cannot be used for purposes of determining annual report card scores, including racial and ethnic proportionality scores.

Adds and defines proportionality designation and racial and ethnic proportionality score to the defined terms set forth in GS 115C-83.17.

Effective July 1, 2021. Applies beginning with reports based on data from the 2022-23 school year.

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