AN ACT TO ESTABLISH SCHOOL EXTENSION LEARNING RECOVERY AND ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS IN EACH LOCAL SCHOOL ADMINISTRATIVE UNIT TO MITIGATE THE IMPACTS OF COVID-19 ON AT-RISK STUDENTS.
Senate committee substitute makes the following changes to the 4th edition.
Adds authority for year-round schools to offer a school extension learning recovery and enrichment program (program), as previously described, during vacation periods in the instructional calendar through October 1, 2021. Revises program requirements regarding voluntary participation by at-risk students to require, for students retained for the 2021-22 school year, the student's principal to reassess the student's promotion eligibility upon completion of the program (previously referenced students who are at-risk for retention).
Adds the following provisions to the program's employment provisions. Requires local boards to offer a signing bonus of at least $1,200 to any teacher who has received a past teaching bonus for reading in grades 3-5 or math in grades 4-8, or has received National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification. Encourages local boards to incentivize teachers to participate in the program. Additionally requires local boards to provide a performance bonus of at least $150 per student for a teacher who provided instruction during the program for each student not demonstrating reading proficiency on the third-grade end-of-grade reading assessment assigned to that teacher who became proficient in reading after completing the program, as demonstrated by an alternative assessment. Changes the sunset of the program's employment provisions to October 1, 2021 (was August 1, 2021).
Eliminates the exemption for the program from class size restrictions.
Authorizes administrative units to use funds allocated for reading camps for the 2020-21 fiscal year to also support the operation of reading instruction for 1-3 grade students in the program (previously more generally authorized to use the funds to support the program's operation). Adds a new provision barring use of the funds for enrichment activities.
No longer limits legislative intent to use reserved ESSER II funds for enrichment programs to those in the summer.
Eliminates the provisions allowing program participation by students not enrolled in the administrative unit.
Adds the following. Directs the State Board of Education (State Board) to make available to administrative units a single competency-based assessment per grade and subject for K-8 grade students that can be taken at the beginning and conclusion of the program. Requires the State Board to use available funds. Requires each local board to ensure that the results of all competency-based assessments administered to a student be provided to all teachers of record for that student for the 2021-22 school year.
Makes technical changes to refer to results of competency-based assessment rather than competency-based assessments at the beginning and conclusion of the program in the required content of administrative unit reports.
Eliminates the provisions of previous Part II., which enacted GS 115C-174.23 to establish innovative benchmark assessments. Makes conforming changes.
Changes the act's long title.
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