2019-01-25: Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (01/30/2019)
2019-01-30: Committee recommended measure be held for further study
2019-05-10: Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (05/15/2019)
2019-05-15: Committee recommended measure be held for further study
2019-05-31: Scheduled for consideration (06/05/2019)
2019-05-31: Proposed Substitute
2019-06-05: Committee recommends passage of Sub A
2019-06-07: Placed on House Calendar (06/13/2019)
2019-06-13: Referred to Senate Education
2019-06-13: House passed Sub A
2019-06-21: Scheduled for consideration (06/25/2019)
2019-06-24: Proposed Substitute
2019-06-25: Placed on Senate Calendar (06/26/2019)
2019-06-25: Committee recommends passage of Sub B
2019-06-25: Placed on Senate Calendar
2019-06-26: Senate passed Sub B
2019-06-27: Placed on House Calendar (06/27/2019)
2019-06-27: House passed Sub B in concurrence
2019-07-03: Transmitted to Governor
2019-07-08: Signed by Governor
Changes since original draft
2019 – H 5008
S T A T E O F R H O D E I S L A N D
IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY
JANUARY SESSION, A.D. 2019
A N A C T
RELATING TO EDUCATION - CURRICULUM ALIGNMENT AND STANDARDS FOR
Introduced By: Representatives McNamara, Casimiro, Ackerman, Amore, and Lyle
Date Introduced: January 03, 2019
Referred To: House Health, Education & Welfare
It is enacted by the GeneralAssembly as follows:
SECTION 1. Chapter 16-22 of the General Laws entitled "Curriculum [See Title 16 Chapter 97 - The Rhode Island Board of Education Act]" is hereby amended by adding thereto the following sections:
16-22-30. Statewide academic standards.
(a) The council on elementary and secondary education (the "council") shall direct the commissioner of elementary and secondary education (the "commissioner") to institute a process to review, develop, and revise statewide academic standards for the core subjects of mathematics, science and technology, history and social science, English, foreign languages and the arts. The commissioner shall ensure that the standards cover grades kindergarten through twelve (K-12) and shall clearly set forth the skills, competencies and knowledge expected to be possessed by all students at the conclusion of individual grades or clusters of grades. The standards shall be formulated so as to set high expectations of student performance and to provide clear and specific examples that embody and reflect these high expectations, and shall be constructed with due regard to the work and recommendations of national organizations, to the best of similar efforts in other states, and to the level of skills, competencies and knowledge possessed by typical students in the most educationallyadvanced nations. The skills, competencies and knowledge set forth in the standards shall be expressed in terms which lend themselves to objective measurement, define the performance outcomes expected of both students directly entering the workforce and of students pursuing higher education, and facilitate comparisons with students of other states and other nations.
(b) This section does not require the abandonment of any standards already in place, so long as the commissioner determines that the standards meet the statewide goals set forth herein.
16-22-31. Curriculum alignment.
(a)(1) The council on elementary and secondary education (the "council") shalldirect the commissioner of elementary and secondary education (the "commissioner") to institute a process for reviewing, developing, and revising all curriculum frameworks for the core subjects covered by the academic standards provided in §16-22-30. The curriculum frameworks shall present broad pedagogical approaches and strategies for assisting students in the development of the skills, competencies and knowledge called for by these standards. The process for drawing up and revising the frameworks shall be open and consultative, and may include, but need not be limited to, classroom teachers, parents, faculty of schools of education, and leading college and university figures in both subject matter disciplines and pedagogy. In drawing up curriculum frameworks, those involved shall look to curriculum frameworks, model curricula, content standards, attainment targets, courses of study and instruction materials in existence or in the process of being developed in the United States and throughout the world, and shall actively explore collaborative development efforts with other projects. The curriculum frameworks shall provide sufficient detail to guide and inform processes for the education, professional development, certification and evaluation of both active and aspiring teachers. They shall provide sufficient detail to guide the promulgation of student assessment instruments. They shall be constructed to guide and assist teachers, administrators, publishers, software developers and other interested parties in the development and selection of curricula, textbooks, technology and other instructional materials, and in the design of pedagogical approaches and techniques for elementary, secondary and vocational-technicalschools. The council may review and recommend instructional materials which it judges to be compatible with the curriculum frameworks.
(2) The commissioner shall ensure that the curriculum frameworks are aligned to the statewide standardized tests being implemented in Rhode Island, which as of 2019 includes the Rhode Island comprehensive assessment system (RICAS).
(3) This section does not require the abandonment of any curriculum frameworks already in place, so long as the commissioner determines that the frameworks meet the statewide goals set forth herein.
(b) The department of elementary and secondary education (the "department") is authorized to develop and write model curricula for use by public schools.
(c) By January 1, 2020, the department shall identify several examples of curricula which utilize best practices and are closely aligned with the state's curriculum frameworks, the state standards, and the RICAS or any other test which is adopted as a statewide-standardized test. The department shall publish these models and make them available to school districts.
(d) On or before February 1, 2020, and annually thereafter on or before February 1, the commissioner shall submit a report to the governor, the speaker of the house, and the president of the senate, on its progress in developing state standards and curriculum, frameworks pursuant to this section and § 16-22-30.
SECTION 2. This act shalltake effect upon passage. ======== LC000222 ========
BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL
A N A C T
RELATING TO EDUCATION - CURRICULUM ALIGNMENT AND STANDARDS FOR
This act would provide for the review of existing and the development of new statewide academic standards by the commissioner of education. The act would also require that all curriculum frameworks be aligned with these standards as well as with the standardized state tests being implemented in the state, including the current Rhode Island comprehensive assessment system. The act would also direct the commissioner of education to annually submit a report to the governor and the general assembly on the progress in developing standards and curriculum frameworks.
This act would take effect upon passage. ======== LC000222 ========
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