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From the ECS State Policy Database
Student Achievement--Closing the Achievement Gap


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This database is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States (ECS). Most entries are legislative, although rules/regulations and executive orders that make substantive changes are included. Every effort is made to collect the latest available version of policies; in some instances, recent changes might not be reflected. For expediency purposes minimal attention has been paid to style (capitalization, punctuation) and format.

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State Status/Date Level Summary
COSigned into law 05/2014P-12Analysis Of Student Opportunity Gaps
H.B. 1376
Requires the department of education, no later than November 1, 2014, to create a core course level participation performance report. Core courses are English, mathematics, science, or social science, and level indicates the degree of difficulty or complexity ...

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UTSigned into law 04/2014P-12Intergenerational Poverty Interventions Grant Program
S.B. 43
Creates the Intergenerational Poverty Interventions Grant Program to provide grants to applicant LEAs to fund additional educational opportunities for eligible students outside the regular school day. Directs the state board to solicit proposals from districts...

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ORSigned into law 06/2013P-12Impact of Poverty on Education
H.B. 2665
The department of education requires an evaluation of the means by which the impact of poverty on educational attainment is addressed by state law. Study requires the distribution of state school funds, standards for equivalency in opportunities to learn acro...

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TNSigned into law 05/2012P-12K-2 Assessment
S.B. 3155
Requires standardized testing of K-2 students in low-performing schools to determine how to best target student learning needs and assess whether any learning disparities exist.
http://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/107/Bill/SB3155.pdf...

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GASigned into law 04/2012P-12School and School System Indicators of Quality, Report Cards
S.B. 410
Directs the office of student achievement to work in coordination to review, and revise as necessary, indicators of quality. Requires such review to be conducted annually, rather than biennially. Requires that school and school system indicators include financ...

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MASigned into law 01/2010P-12Closing the Achievement Gap
S.B. 2247; (NEW BILL)
Relates to education reform to turnaround underperforming schools, collective purchasing, public purchases, competitive bidding and vendor payments; relates to charter schools, school programs of member school committees, educational collaboratives, investment...

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TXSigned into law 06/2009P-12Comprehensive Review of School Finance Weights, Allotments and Adjustments
H.B. 3646 - Section 65
Adds new Subchapter I in Chapter 42 of Education Code. Establishes the Select Committee on Public School Finance Weights, Allotments, and Adjustments to conduct a comprehensive review of weights, allotments and adjustments under the public school finance syste...

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TXSigned into law 06/2009P-12School Recognition
H.B. 3 - Section 59 - Part VI (Distinction Designations and Awards)
Establishes new Subchapter G, "Distinction Designations". Directs the commissioner at the beginning of each school year to award distinction designations to districts and campuses. Directs the commissioner by rule to establish a recognized and exemplary rating...

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WASigned into law 05/2009P-12Closing the Achievement Gap
S.B. 5973
Requires disaggregation of all student data-related reports required by the Office Superintendent of Public Instruction by subgroups of students; requires the Professional Education Standards Board to convene a work group to identify a list of model standards ...

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CASigned into law 09/2008P-12
Community College
Early commitment to college program
S.B. 890
Establishes the Early Commitment to College Program. Requires schools designated and not designated as a College Opportunity Zone to provide pupils in grades 6 to 9, inclusive, the opportunity to sign a pledge declaring a commitment to finish high school and p...

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ILSigned into law 08/2008P-12Commission on the Elimination of Poverty
H.B. 4369
Creates the Commission on the Elimination of Poverty to develop a poverty elimination strategic plan to reduce extreme poverty in Illinois by 50% or more by 2015. In developing the overall strategic plan, and in working toward the goal of reducing extreme pove...

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NYAdopted 06/2008P-12Contracts for Excellence
Title 8 NYCRR Sections 100.13 and 170.12
Establishes allowable programs and activities, criteria for public reporting by school districts of their total foundation aid expenditures, and other requirements for purposes of preparation of contracts for excellence by certain specified school districts. P...

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WASigned into law 04/2008P-12Strategic Plan to Close the Achievement Gap
H.B. 2722
The center for the improvement of student learning (CISL) is required to convene an advisory committee tasked with producing a strategic plan to address the achievement gap for African-American students. The committee is comprised of 15 members, appointed even...

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WASigned into law 04/2008P-12High School Graduation Requirements and Learning Assistance for English Language Learners
S.B. 6673
Existing student learning plans (required for 8-12th grade students) must also include information on the student's results on the Washington assessment of student learning (WASL), if the student's score on the Washington language proficiency test II (for stud...

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NYAdopted 01/2008P-12Contracts for Excellence
Title 8 NYCRR Sections 100.13 and 170.12
The board of regents has readopted, by emergency action effective January 22, 2008, the emergency rule adopted at the September 10, 2007 Regents meeting, and readopted at the October 23, 2007 Regents meeting, that added a new section 100.13 and amended section...

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NYEmergency Rule Extension 11/2007P-12Contracts for Excellence
Title 8 NYCRR Sections 100.13 and 170.12
Readopts, by emergency action effective November 25, 2007, the emergency rule adopted at the September 10, 2007 Regents meeting that added a new section 100.13 and amended 170.12 of the Commissioner's Regulations.
http://www.dos.state.ny.us/info/register/2007...

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NYAdopted 07/2007P-12Contracts for Excellence
Title 8 NYCRR Sections 100.13 and 170.12
Establishes allowable programs and activities, criteria for public reporting by school districts of their total foundation aid expenditures, and other requirements for purposes of preparation of contracts for excellence by certain specified school districts. P...

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IASigned into law 06/2006P-12Dropout Assistance and Dropout Prevention
S.B. 2272 - Section 28
Beginning January 15, 2007, requires the department to submit an annual report to the legislature that includes the ways districts in the previous school year used modified allowable growth for programs for returning dropouts and dropout prevention; identifies...

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WASigned into law 03/2006P-12Center for Improvement of Student Learning, Education Ombudsman
H.B. 3127
Declares an intent to reactivate the center for the improvement of student learning, and to create within the center an educational ombudsman to serve as a resource center for parents and students and as an advocate for students in the public education system...

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COAdopted 01/2006P-12Closing the Achievement Gap - Participation Criteria
1 CCR 301-69
Establishes rules regarding the administration of closing theachievement gap.

The Colorado State Board of Education must determine the criteria by which eligible schools shall be selected to participate in the voluntary Closing the Achievement Gap Program. Se...

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ARSigned into law 04/2005P-12School Districts
S.B. 1028
Ensures the continuation of efforts to close the achievement gaps in school districts subject to reorganization or reclassification. Requires a receiving or resulting school district in a school consolidation to obtain and retain all student and historical rec...

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KYSigned into law 03/2005P-12
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Community College
Committee for Mathematics Achievement
H.B. 93 (Section 2)
Defines terms, including "mathematics coach," "mathematics diagnostic assessment," "mathematics intervention program," "mathematics leader," "mathematics mentor," and "numeracy." Establishes the Committee for Mathematics Achievement to develop a multi-faceted ...

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KYSigned into law 03/2005P-12Reading Diagnostic and Intervention Program
S.B. 19
This act is to be cited as the "Read to Achieve Act of 2005." Relates to reading; makes an appropriation therefor; describes the general assembly's findings and intent regarding reading. Defines "comprehensive reading program," "reading diagnostic assessment,"...

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CASigned into law 09/2004P-12Teacher Misassignment and ESL Teacher Qualifications
A.B. 3001 (multiple provisions)
Existing law requires the county superintendent of schools to annually monitor and review school district certificated employee assignment practices according to certain priorities with first priority going to schools and school districts that are likely to ha...

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CAVetoed 09/2004P-12
Community College
Advancement Via Individual Determination Program
A.B. 3017
Appropriates a specified amount of funds from the General Fund to the State Department of Education for the support of the Advancement Via Individual Determination Program. Makes these amounts applicable toward the minimum funding requirements for a school dis...

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ILSigned into law 08/2004P-12
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Community College
African-American Family Commission Act
S.B. 3208
Creates the African-American Family Commission Act. Establishes a 15-member African-American Family Commission to serve as a coordinating and advocating body that acts on behalf of the interests of African-Americans to improve and expand existing human service...

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HISigned into law 07/2004P-12
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Community College
Education Trust Fund
H.B. 1893
Authorizes the University of Hawaii to create a trust fund to dispense scholarships as a requirement of the State's participation in the federal Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Program. http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/sessioncurrent/bills...

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LASigned into law 07/2004P-12Extended Kindergarten For Disadvantaged Children
S.B. 301
Subject to appropriation, creates the Kindergarten Plus pilot program of classes, at least one in each of the state's eight regional service districts, of extended kindergarten for disadvantaged children from the 2005-06 through the 2007-08 school year. For p...

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FLSigned into law 05/2004P-12
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Community College
Student Achievement
S.B. 2184
Relates to student achievement;creates the Partnership for Minority and Underrepresented Student Achievement; mission of partnership is to prepare, inspire and connect students with postsecondary success and opportunity with a focus on minority students and ot...

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OKSigned into law 05/2004Postsec.Advancement of Students in HIgher Education Task Force
H.B. 2145
Creates the Advancement of Hispanic Students in Higher Education Task Force; provides for termination of task force; states purpose; provides for membership; requires annual report; provides for staffing; provides for reimbursement of travel expenses; provides...

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ARSigned into law 01/2004P-12Closing the Achievement Gap Commission
H.B. 1054
Makes the committee on closing the achievement gap in this state a commission. http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/ftproot/bills/2003s2/public/HB1054.pdf...

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ARSigned into law 01/2004P-12
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Academic Disparities
H.B. 1048
Establishes a coalition effort between the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and certain school districts to reduce academic disparities in the state delta; provides for standards-based curricula in mathematics, reading and English, faculty development, stu...

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NCSigned into law 06/2003P-12
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Innovative Education Initiatives Act
S.B. 656
Creates the Innovative Education Initiatives Act to develop cooperative efforts between secondary schools and institutions of higher education to reduce dropout rates, increase high school and college graduation rates and decrease the need for higher education...

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COSigned into law 06/2003P-12Achievement Gap
S.B. 254
Concerns closing achievement gap; creates a program to assist schools that have received an unsatisfactory rating or have a significant achievement gap; establishes a commission to propose actions to close the achievement gap. http://www.leg.state.co.us/2003a/...

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ARSigned into law 04/2003P-12Closing The Academic Achievement Gap
H.B. 2657
Creates the committee on closing the academic achievement gap in Arkansas. http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/ftproot/bills/2003/public/HB2657.pdf...

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ARSigned into law 04/2003P-12Academic Achievement Gap and Parental Involvement
H.B. 2067
Appropriates funds for commission on closing the academic achievement gap and parental involvement. http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/ftproot/bills/2003/public/HB2067.pdf...

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COSigned into law 04/2001P-12Closing the Achievement Gap
H.J.R. 1014
Identifies closing the learning gap as an important goal of Colorado's education reform program and urges the state board of education and the department of education are to take all appropriate steps to make closing the learning gap a central element of educa...

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