MATH STANDARD COURSE OF STUDY REVISIONS (New)

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.

Status: Conf Com Appointed (Senate Action) (Jun 24 2016)

SOG comments (3):

Long and Short Title Change

House committee substitute to the 1st edition changes the short and long titles. The original titles are as follows:

UNC-FIXED TUITION.

AN ACT TO CREATE A FIXED TUITION PROGRAM AS A PAYMENT OPTION AT THE CONSTITUENT INSTITUTIONS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA.

Change Long Title

Senate committee substitute to the 2nd edition changed long title.  Long title was AN ACT TO DIRECT THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA TO STUDY THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A FIXED TUITION PROGRAM AS A PAYMENT OPTION AT THE CONSTITUENT INSTITUTIONS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA.

Change Long Title

Senate amendment to the 3rd edition changed long title.  Long title was 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.

Bill History:

H 657

Bill Summaries:

  • Summary date: Jun 16 2016 - More information

    Senate amendments make the following changes to the 3rd edition, as amended.

    Amendment #5 makes the following changes. Amends amendment #4 by deleting a provision that changed an already deleted provision. Amends Section 2 of the act which requires the State Board of Education, in conjunction with the State Board of Community Colleges, to take specified actions when developing revisions to the mathematics standard course of study, by adding an exemption for cooperative innovative high schools from the requirement to maintain the option of enrolling in the traditional sequence of mathematics courses for grades 9-12. Makes additional technical changes. 

    Amendment #6 amends Section 2 of the act by adding the requirement that the State Board of Education, in conjunction with the State Board of Community Colleges, study and make recommendations to local boards of education on the appropriate student-teacher ratio in implementation of integrated and traditional sequences for high school mathematics courses.


  • Summary date: Jun 15 2016 - More information

    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. 


  • Summary date: Jun 8 2016 - More information

    Senate committee substitute makes the following changes to the 2nd edition.

    Amends the act's short and long titles.

    Deletes all of the provisions from the previous edition and replaces it with the following.

    Directs 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 follows. Directs the SBE to revise and reorganize the NC Mathematics Course of Study to include a sequence of current mathematics standards that align to the traditional sequence of mathematics courses of Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II. Requires local boards of education to offer course options aligned with the traditional sequence of mathematics courses of Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II for students to satisfy graduation requirements leading to a fourth credit in mathematics for students beginning the sequence of mathematics instruction in the 2017-18 school year. Directs the SBE to indicate to local boards of education the standards that should be supplemented for students enrolling in the traditional course of Algebra I to ensure student success on current student assessments available for that course, for the 2017-18 school year. Requires all changes to the mathematics standard course of study required by Section 1 of the act to be offered to students beginning the sequence in mathematics instruction with the 2017-18 school year. Applies to students beginning the mathematics standard course of study in the 2016-17 school year and thereafter. 

    Directs the SBE and the State Board of Community Colleges (SBCC) to undertake a comprehensive review of the NC Mathematics Standard Course of Study for the purpose of developing a revised course of study for grades kindergarten through grade 12. Requires the revised kindergarten through grade 12 mathematics course of study, including student assessments aligned with revisions, to be implemented beginning with the 2018-19 school year. Sets out six requirements the SBE and SBCC must complete in developing revisions to the course of study, as follows: (1) maintain the option of enrolling in the traditional sequence of mathematics courses for grades nine through 12, as required by Section 1 of the act; (2) specifically focus on issues related to remediation in mathematics at the community college and university level; (3) ensure that the process for conducting the review and developing the standard course of study is transparent and that information is made available to the public; (4) involve stakeholders in the process for developing mathematics standards and sequences, including surveying the representative sample of parents, teachers, and the public and allowing for public comment opportunities, and using information and stakeholder feedback gathered for the review conducted by the SBE and the Department of Public Instruction of the Mathematics Standard Course of Study adopted by the SBE in June 2010 and in June 2016; (5) consider the information gathered by and the recommendations regarding mathematics standards from the Academic Standards Review Commission, including the Commission's Report of Findings and Recommendations published December 31, 2015; and (6) ensure that mathematics standards and sequences increase students' levels of academic achievement, meet and reflect the State's specified priorities, are age level and developmentally appropriate, are understandable to parents and teachers, and are among the highest standards in the nation.

    Provides that, in creating graduation requirements that align with the standard course of study, 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 follows. Provides that, if a student has an Individualized Education Plan that identifies the student as learning disabled in the area of mathematics and states that the student's learning disability will prevent the student from mastering Algebra I, that student must be allowed to construct a four-course mathematics sequence that may include one or more career and technical education courses as appropriate, based on the student's Individualized Education Plan and post-secondary goals.

    Requires the SBE and the SBCC to report to the General Assembly and the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee, no later than March 15, 2018, and include (1) a complete copy of the revised mathematics standard course of study and mathematics sequence options developed pursuant to Section 2 of the act, (2) a document that provides the differences between the revised mathematics standard course of study and mathematics sequence options developed pursuant to Section 2 of the act and the NC Mathematics Standard Course of Study adopted by the SBE in June 2016, and (3) a document that outlines the necessary corresponding changes to student assessments to align with the revised mathematics standard course of study and mathematics sequence options developed pursuant to Section 2 of the act.

    Sets out that the new mathematics course of study and mathematics sequence options developed in accordance with Section 2 of the act are effective June 1, 2018, unless a bill disapproving the revised mathematics standard course of study is introduced in the General Assembly before the 31st legislative day of the 2018 Regular Session. Sets out alternative effective dates if such a bill is filed, including that the revised course of study is effective July 1 immediately following the earlier of either the day an unfavorable final action is taken on the bill or the day the General Assembly adjourns without ratifying the bill that specifically disapproves the revised mathematics standard course of study. Specifies what a bill disapproving the revised course of study must contain. 


  • Summary date: Apr 21 2015 - More information

    House committee substitute makes the following changes to the 1st edition.

    Deletes all provisions of the previous edition and replaces it with the following.

    Requires the UNC Board of Governors to study the development and implementation of fixed tuition payment programs. Specifies issues that must be considered in the study. Requires a report on the study findings to the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee by February 15, 2016.

    Amends the act's short and long titles.


  • Summary date: Apr 13 2015 - More information

    Enacts new GS 116-11.3 to create a fixed-tuition program to be offered to freshman undergraduate students in the constituent institutions of the University of North Carolina. The cost of the program may vary by institution. In the program, the tuition will stay the same for 12 consecutive semesters (including summers) as long as the student remains enrolled consecutively and remains in good standing. Allows the tuition period to be tolled in certain circumstances. Requires that fees charged to a student in the fixed tuition program be the same as those charged to other students.

    Effective when the act becomes law and applies to academic years beginning after July 1, 2016.


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