Bill Summary for H 78 (2021)

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Aug 4 2021

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View NCGA Bill Details2021
House Bill 78 (Public) Filed Thursday, February 11, 2021
AN ACT TO AUTHORIZE ADDITIONAL NATIONALLY STANDARDIZED TESTS TO SATISFY NINTH GRADE PRIVATE SCHOOL TESTING REQUIREMENTS AND TO MAKE CHANGES FOR IN-STATE TUITION FOR VETERANS TO COMPLY WITH FEDERAL LAW.
Intro. by Blackwell, Clemmons, Elmore, Hurley.

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Senate committee substitute deletes the content of the 2nd edition and replaces it with the following.

Part I.

Amends GS 115C-549 and GS 115C-557, regarding standardized testing requirements in private church schools, schools of religious charter, and qualified nonpublic schools for grades three, six, and nine. Changes the requirements for testing in grade nine to allow the standardized test or other equivalent measurement selected to measure competencies in the verbal and quantitative areas as an alternative to measuring achievement in the areas of English grammar, reading, spelling, and math. 

Similarly, amends GS 115C-562.5(a) regarding standardized testing requirements of nonpublic schools accepting students receiving scholarship grants for grades three and higher. Changes the requirements for testing in grades nine through twelve to allow the standardized test or other equivalent measurement selected to measure competencies in the verbal and quantitative areas as an alternative to measuring achievement in the areas of English grammar, reading, spelling, and math. 

Makes the above changes apply to tests given beginning with the 2021-22 school year.

Part II.

Amends GS 116-143.3A, which provides for in-state tuition for veterans and their dependents for enrollment in an institution of higher education, to the extent required by specified federal law, without satisfying the 12-month residency requirements, if the individual meets specified criteria. Eliminates subsection (d), which provides for continued eligibility for in-state tuition if the individual remains continuously enrolled after the expiration of the three-year period following discharge as described in specified federal law. 

Changes the act's titles.

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