Bill Summary for H 362 (2019-2020)

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Jun 26 2019

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View NCGA Bill Details2019-2020 Session
House Bill 362 (Public) Filed Wednesday, March 13, 2019
AN ACT TO ADOPT A FIFTEEN-POINT SCALE IN THE DETERMINATION OF SCHOOL PERFORMANCE GRADES, TO REQUIRE THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION TO ADOPT EMERGENCY RULES IN PREPARATION FOR PERMANENT RULE MAKING, AND TO DIRECT THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION TO STUDY THE REPORTING METHODS USED FOR SCHOOL ACCOUNTABILITY PURPOSES ON THE NORTH CAROLINA ANNUAL SCHOOL REPORT CARDS.
Intro. by Horn, Harris, Elmore, Autry.

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Senate committee substitute to the 1st edition adds the following.

Amends Section 27 of SL 2018-114, which deems existing State Board of Education (State Board) rules as interim rules so long as they do not conflict with state law. Under current law, the interim rules are deemed void if the State Board has not published notice in the Register to adopt the interim rule as a permanent rule by May 30, 2019, and void if the State Board has not adopted the interim rule as a permanent rule by May 30, 2020, pursuant to specified APA provisions. Now directs the State Board to adopt all interim rules as emergency rules and submit the rules to the Codifier of Rules by August 9, 2019. Directs the Codifier to publish notice of the emergency rules online. Voids any interim rule on August 9, 2019, for which the State Board has not complied with the new requirements. Specifies that the State Board is not required to adopt temporary rules for any emergency rules authorized by the act, as amended. Adds a new directive to require the State Board to submit a notice for publication, by December 6, 2019, to adopt all emergency rules, as authorized, as permanent rules by January 2, 2020. Provides that any emergency rule authorized by the act remains effective until the earlier of the adoption of the emergency rule as a permanent rule or May 30, 2020; however, voids any emergency rule which the State Board fails to adopt as a permanent rule by May 30, 2020, pursuant to specified APA provisions. Applies to interim rules of the State Board existing on May 29, 2019. Requires the State Board to take steps to affirm and validate any action taken pursuant to interim rules between May 30, 2019, and the date the act becomes effective. 

Directs the State Board to consult with the State Superintendent of Public Instruction to study (1) the weighing of the school achievement score and the school growth score in the calculation of the overall school performance score and (2) the reporting methods used to differentiate schools on the NC annual report cards. Requires the State Board to then propose recommendations based on its study, as specified. Details requirements of the study, including examining methods of reporting data that will better depict school performance and progress, and analyzing the feasibility of reporting school achievement and school growth separately. Requires the State Board and the Superintendent to submit a final report to the specified NCGA committee by February 15, 2020.

Makes conforming changes to the effective date provisions. Amends the act's long title.

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