Bill Summary for H 657 (2015-2016)

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Jun 15 2016

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View NCGA Bill Details2015-2016 Session
House Bill 657 (Public) Filed Monday, April 13, 2015
AN ACT TO INCREASE RIGOR, FOCUS, AND CAREER READINESS TO THE MATHEMATICS STANDARD COURSE OF STUDY BY REQUIRING THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION TO MODIFY AND REVISE THE MATHEMATICS STANDARD COURSE OF STUDY IN ORDER TO OFFER THE TRADITIONAL SEQUENCE OF MATHEMATICS COURSES AND TO DISALLOW THE USE OF A CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION COURSE AS A SUBSTITUTE TO SATISFY A GRADUATION REQUIREMENT FOR A FOURTH CREDIT IN MATHEMATICS.
Intro. by Elmore, Howard.

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Senate amendments make the following changes to the 3rd edition.

Amendment #1

Deletes Section 1 of the bill, which directed the the State Board of Education (SBE) to modify the NC Mathematics Standard Course of Study adopted by the State Board in June of 2016, as specified.

Makes a conforming change in Section 2.

Amends the effective date to make the act effective when it becomes law (was, effective when it becomes law, with Section 1 of the act applying to students beginning the mathematics standard course of study in the 2017-18 school year and thereafter). 

Amendment #2

Amends the six requirements the SBE and the State Board of Community Colleges (SBCC) must complete in developing revisions to the course of study, providing that they must maintain the option of enrolling in the traditional sequence of mathematics courses for grades 9 through 12, except in cooperative innovative high schools (was, must maintain option of enrolling in the traditional sequence of mathematics courses for grades 9 through 12). 

Amendment #3

Deletes Section 3, which provided that the SBE cannot allow career and technical education courses to serve as substitutions in order to satisfy the graduation requirement for a fourth credit in mathematics, except as specified. Makes conforming changes to the act's long title. 

Amendment #4

Amends the six requirements the SBE and the State Board of Community Colleges (SBCC) must complete in developing revisions to the course of study, as those provisions were amended by amendment #1 and #2 above, adding language providing that the SBE must require local boards of education to provide information to the student and parent or guardian on the sequencing options included in the standards so as to provide for an informed choice on the sequence most appropriate for that student and his or her school plans. 

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