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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
LAAdoptedP-12School Counselor Requirements
LAC 28:CXXXI.405 and 659
Revises requirements for K-12 school counselor certification and endorsements (to existing certificates). Requires the completion of a master's degree program from a regionally accredited college or university that has met the Council for Accreditation of Coun...

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TXSigned into lawP-12Personal Graduation Plans
H.B. 5 - Personal Graduation Plans
Reframes existing middle/high school personal graduation plan policy as "Junior High or Middle School Personal Graduation Plan." Adds new High School Personal Graduation Plan provisions. Directs the Texas Education Agency, in consultation with the Texas Workfo...

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ILSigned into law 08/2014P-12Qualifications of School Psychologist
S.B. 2989
Allows a psychologist who holds a valid Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) certificate and has such additional qualifications as may be required by the state board to meet the definition of school psychologist. Changes certain certification refere...

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RISigned into law 07/2014P-12Training for Counselors
H.B. 8327
Encourages school districts to provide professional development opportunities for school counselors that focus on best practices in collaborating with business, industry, and other community organizations to create internships and apprenticeships for secondary...

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LASigned into law 06/2014P-12Student Promotion, Individual Graduation Plans, and Graduation for Students with Disabilities
H.B. 1015
Requires a student's Individualized Education Program (IEP) team to determine promotion to the next grade for a student with a disability who fails to meet the achievement level required for promotion on a statewide test, provided the student meets certain cri...

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OHSigned into law 06/2014P-12Online Education and Career Planning Tool
H.B. 393
Requires the director of job and family services, in consultation with the superintendent of public instruction and the director of the governor's office of workforce transformation, to develop and maintain an online education and career planning tool ("tool")...

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LASigned into law 06/2014P-12High School Career Option Program
H.B. 944
Provides that a career diploma is earned through a career major program. Requires that a career diploma be recognized in the same manner as a standard diploma by all Louisiana public postsecondary institutions, as well as for purposes of the school and distric...

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FLSigned into law 06/2014Postsec.Adult Degree Completion, Catalog of Distance Learning Courses, Online Services and Support
H.B. 5101 - Adult Degree Completion, Catalog of Distance Learning Courses, Online Services and Support
Section 16: Creates the Complete Florida Plus Program at the University of West Florida. Provides the purpose of the program is to:
- Facilitate degree completion for adult learners through the Complete Florida Degree Initiative
- Provide information on and a...

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MNSigned into law 05/2014P-12Postsecondary Enrollment Options - Counseling and Information
H.F. 2397
Article 3
Section 7: Amends existing requirements for postsecondary transition planning and directs school districts to assist students to explore their educational, college, and career interests, aptitudes, and aspirations and develop
a transition plan to po...

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COSigned into law 05/2014P-12School Counselor Corps Grant Program
S.B. 150
Makes several changes to the existing school counselor corps grant program including: 1) Extending the eligibility to all middle and high schools; 2) Extending the length of the grant cycle from 3 to 4 years; 3) Increasing the total annual grant amount from $5...

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KYSigned into law 04/2014P-12
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Employment and Earnings of Postsecondary Graduates
H.B. 87
Directs the Office for Education and Workforce Statistics to develop and disseminate, in cooperation with the council on postsecondary education and the department of education, information on the employment and earnings of the public postsecondary institution...

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WASigned into law 04/2014P-12Education Budget - Instructional Hours
S.B. 6002
From Legislative Budget Notes publication:
24 CREDIT GRADUATION REQUIREMENT - Chapter 4, Laws of 2013, 2nd sp.s., Partial Veto (3ESSB 5034), established an implementation schedule for a requirement that school districts increase instructional hours from an av...

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WASigned into law 04/2014P-12Prototypical School Funding Formula
S.B. 6552
From bill analysis:
**Section 206. Prototypical School Funding Formula -- Legislative intent is stated to shift the focus of investments from compliance with increased instructional hours to assisting school districts with providing an opportunity for student...

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UTSigned into law 04/2014P-12Utah Futures
S.B. 34 - Utah Futures
Directs the Utah Futures Steering Committee to ensure, to the extent feasible, that Utah Futures will allow users to:
- Access information about different career opportunities and understand educational requirements to enter careers
- Access information about...

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MSSigned into law 03/2014P-12Professional School Counselors
S.B. 2423
Changes references to "school guidance counselors" to "professional school counselors." Requires counselors to spend 80% of their contractual time on the delivery of services to students, as outlined by the American School Counselor Association.
http://billsta...

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VASigned into law 03/2014P-12Postsecondary Education and Employment Data
H.B. 886
Requires the State Council of Higher Education to disseminate to each public high school and each institution of higher education a link on its website to certain published postsecondary education and employment data. The bill requires each institution of high...

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NJVetoed 09/2013P-12Career Exploration Report on High-Demand Industries
A.B. 3270
Bill Text: Mandates the Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development and the Commissioner of Education to create a career exploration report for students in grades 7 through 12 about employment in high-demand industries. Requires the report to contain infor...

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NCSigned into law 07/2013P-12School Psychologists, Counselors, and Social Workers
S.B. 402
Directs school counselors to implement a comprehensive developmental school counseling program in their schools, with at least 80% of their work time spent on direct services to students. During the remainder of their work time, school counselors must spend ad...

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WASigned into law 06/2013P-12Budget - Navigation 101 Funding Eliminated
S.B. 5034
From bill analysis: Navigation 101 is part of a comprehensive school guidance and counseling program in Washington State. The purpose of Navigation 101 is to help students make choices for college and career readiness in the areas of course selection, goal set...

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WISigned into law 06/2013P-12Academic and Career Planning
Act 20 - Sections 230 and 1737
Providse $1,100,000 in 2014-15 in a new, continuing appropriation for implementing academic and career planning statewide. Require the state department to ensure that, beginning
in 2017-18, every school board is providing academic and career planning services...

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LASigned into law 06/2013P-12Eligibility of Nationally Certified School Teachers, Counselors, and Psychologists for Salary Adjustments
H.B. 540
Permits but does not require a local board to pay a salary adjustment to a nationally certified school teacher, counselor, or psychologist who is awarded an initial credential issued by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards/National Board for ...

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ORSigned into law 06/2013P-12
Community College
Community College Outreach to High School Juniors and Seniors
H.B. 2958
Requires at the beginning of each school year, the department of communitycolleges and workforce development to make information available on the academic programs and services provided by community colleges, recommendations for successful completion of commun...

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TXSigned into law 06/2013P-12Continuing Education Requirements for Teachers, Principals, and Counselors
H.B. 642
Requires that continuing education requirements for teachers provide that up to 25% of the training required every 5 years include instruction on (1) collecting and analyzing information that will improve classroom effectiveness; (2) recognizing early warning ...

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TXSigned into law 06/2013P-12
Postsec.
Projections of Workforce Needs and Comparisons of Postsecondary Institutions
H.B. 1296
Directs the higher education coordinating board (HECB), in conjunction with the Texas Workforce Commission, to collect relevant information and make 5-year projections on Texas workforce needs and the educational attainment and training of persons projected to...

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TXSigned into law 06/2013P-12School Counselors and Licensed Professional Counselors
S.B. 715
Amends statutory references to create consistent references to "school counselors" in the Education Code. Provides that a school district may not employ a person as a licensed professional counselor unless the person is licensed by the state agency that licens...

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VTto governor 06/2013P-12Flexible Pathways to Secondary School Completion
S. 130
Provides state-funded dual enrollment, expansion of Early College programs, expansion of work-based learning, virtual/blended learning. Requires personal learning plans for all students by 7th grade. The definitions section should be of particular interest to ...

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FLSigned into law 05/2013P-12Certified School Counselors
H.B. 801
Requires counselors in elementary, middle, & high schools to be certified school counselors. From final bill analysis: Substitutes "certified school counselor" for the term "guidance counselor" to reflect current law requiring persons employed as school counse...

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MNSigned into law 05/2013P-12College and Career Readiness Benchmark
H.F. 630
Directs the Commissioner of Education to contract for a series of assessments that are aligned with state academic standards, and include career and college readiness benchmarks. Math, reading, and writing assessments for grade 8 and 10 students must be predic...

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MDSigned into law 05/2013P-12College and Career Counseling
S.B. 740
Section 2: Directs the State Department of Education to develop a plan, in consultation with institutions of higher education, to improve college and career counseling that is provided to students in middle and high schools. Specifies that the plan should (1) ...

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FLSigned into law 04/2013P-12
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K-20 Education
S.B. 1076 - K-12 Career and Education Planning
Adds "comprehensive K-20 career and education planning" to the priorities of Florida's K-20 education system, and requires such information to be provided to parents and students via specified means. Pages 7-8 of 144: http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2013/...

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FLSigned into law 04/2013P-12Middle Grades Assessment
S.B. 1076 - Middle Grades Assessments
Provides middle grades students' successful completion of a high school Algebra I or geometry course is not contingent on Common Core Algebra I or geometry assessments once state transitions to those assessments. Removes requirement that a middle grades studen...

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ARSigned into law 04/2013P-12College and Career Coaches Program
H.B. 2039
Creates the College and Career Coaches Program. Designates which districts are required to participate. Provides that the departments of education and higher education will jointly administer the program. Details that districts will receive supplementary fundi...

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CASigned into law 06/2012P-12Appropriations and Reappropriations
S.B. 1016 - Appropriations and Reappropriations
From section 56 of bill summary: Reduces by various amounts appropriations made for supplemental school counseling, special education, partnership academies, instructional support to help pupils pass the high school exit examination, English language tutoring ...

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COSigned into law 05/2012P-12Individual Student Career and Academic Plans
H.B. 1345 (sections 12 and 15)
The state board of education must require schools and charter schools to assist students and their parents/gardians to develop and maintain the student's Individual Career and Academic Plan (ICAP) no later than the beginning of 9th grade. The board may require...

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OKSigned into law 05/2012P-12Access to Evidenced-Based Counseling
H.B. 2641
To strengthen districts' ability to give their students the best opportunity for academic and personal success, requires, subject to the availability of funds, the Office of Juvenile Affairs, together with the Oklahoma Association of Youth Services, to identif...

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GASigned into law 05/2012P-12
Community College
Career Education, CTE
H.B. 713 - Career Education, CTE
Section 1: Delays until fall 2013 requirement that the state board of the Technical College System of Georgia require its institutions to accept for purposes of admissions any core curriculum coursework completed in high school.
Section 2: Directs the state bo...

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TNSigned into law 04/2012P-12
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Career Counseling
S.B. 2591
Requires that an interest inventory be available to all public middle schoolers or 9th graders, and to public postsecondary students beginning their freshman year. Directs LEAs and postsecondary institutions to send summary data from interest inventories and p...

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FLSigned into law 04/2012P-12Academic and Career Planning in Middle Grades
H.B. 7059 - Academic and Career Planning in Middle Grades
Permits required course in career planning to be taken in grade 6. Requires that such course (1) result in a personalized academic and career plan for the student, (2) emphasize technology or the application of technology in career fields, (3) and, beginning i...

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UTSigned into law 03/2012P-12Student Education Occupation Plans
H.B. 389
From bill summary: Defines a student education/occupation plan (SEOP) as a plan to be initiated early in the student's secondary school education to guide a student in course selection and prepare a student for postsecondary options. (Statute already directs l...

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CTSigned into law 07/2011P-12Secondary School Reform Act Delay/Teacher Evaluations/Tenure/Student Governance Councils/6th Grade Student Success Plan
H.B. 6498
Secondary School Reform Act - Delays by two years the implementation of the secondary school reform requirements enacted in 2010 that: (1) Increase the minimum number of credits required to graduate from high school; (2) Require school districts to offer stude...

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TXSigned into law 06/2011P-12Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists
H.B. 1386 - Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists
Requires that a marriage and family therapist employed by a district be licensed by the state agency that licenses that profession. Provides a grandfather clause for marriage and family therapist employed by a district before September 2011. http://www.capitol...

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TXSigned into law 06/2011P-12Generation Texas Week
H.B. 2909 - Generation Texas Week
Renames "Education: Go Get It Week" as "Generation Texas Week." Adds that the information provided to students during this week must include the college readiness standards and expectations
as determined under Section 28.008. http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/tlo...

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COFinal Regulations 06/2011P-12Standards for Individual Career and Academic Plans
1 CO ADC 301-81:1.00; 1 CO ADC 301-81:2.00, 01, 02, 03
Establishes Standards for Individual Career and Academic Plans ('ICAP') for students enrolled in public schools.Each ICAP shall include a career planning, guidance and tracking component and a portfolio that inlcudes, among other items:
(a)  Documentation of ...

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NVSigned into law 05/2011P-12Student Guidance
A.B. 138--Counseling/Guidance
Revises the provisions governing the policy for the 4-year academic plan for ninth grade pupils to provide that the policy may ensure that each ninth grade pupil and his or her parent or legal guardian are provided, to the extent practicable, with information ...

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COSigned into law 05/2011P-12
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Community College
Task Force on Student Academic Success
S.B. 111
Creates the Task Force on Student Academic Success. The overall charge of the task force is to identify the junctures at which grade-level performance are critical to student progress and to ensuring they are college and career ready upon graduation. More spec...

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GASigned into law 05/2011P-12Individual Graduation Plans
H.B. 186 - Individual Graduation Plans
Amends Sections 20-2-82(e), 20-2-244(b) and 20-2-2065(b)(13) to clarify that the state board may not authorize waivers to and charter schools are subject to the provisions of Section 20-2-327(c) relating to individual graduation plans. http://www.legis.ga.gov/...

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NDSigned into law 05/2011P-12Career Planning
S.B. 2150 - Multiple Provisions
Requires each district to provide students in grade 7 or 8 with an individual consultative process or a nine-week course for the purpose of discussing the results of their career interest inventory, selecting high school courses appropriate to their educationa...

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UTVetoed 03/2011P-12
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Utah Futures Web Site and Steering Committee
S.B. 305
Statutorily creates "Utah Futures" https://utahfutures.org/, a web-based education and career counseling program. Provides that Utah Futures should include proven technologies in enterprise portal, social media and collaboration, video streaming, education and...

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SDSigned into law 03/2011P-12School Counselors
H.B. 1070
Prohibit school districts from employing school counselors who are not certified.
http://legis.state.sd.us/sessions/2011/Bills/HB1070ENR.pdf...

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CAVetoed 08/2010P-12Evaluating the Effectiveness of the Quality Education Investment Act
S.B. 1191
Requires that, in the report evaluating the effectiveness of the Quality Education Investment Act of 2006, the department identify the strategies that demonstrate the effectiveness of schools in meeting accountability requirements pursuant to the act. Directs ...

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LASigned into law 06/2010P-12Student Academic Profiles
H.B. 486
Requires school guidance counselors employed in public high schools to complete an academic profile for each student in the ninth grade. Outlines information to be included in the profile and other requirements.
http://www.legis.state.la.us/billdata/streamdocu...

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GASigned into law 05/2010P-12Web-Based Counseling
S.B. 387
Requires the Georgia Student Finance Commission to (1) Provide students in grades 6-12 with web-based counseling, career awareness inventories, and information to help them evaluate their academic skills and career interests and (2) Provide students in grades ...

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GASigned into law 05/2010P-12"College-Ready" Benchmark and Individual Graduation Plans
H.B. 400 - New Section 20-2-327
Provides that student performance at the advanced proficiency/honors level on any tests required for high school graduation must be recognized as (1) meeting postsecondary entrance test requirements and (2) qualifying students to enroll in credit-bearing posts...

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GASigned into law 05/2010P-12Research-Based Approaches for Low-Performing High Schools
H.B. 400 - New Section 20-2-326, 328 and 329
20-2-326 defines:
--"Career academy" as (1) a specialized charter school established by a partnership between one or more local boards of education and a technical school or college or (2) a small learning community where a student receives academic instructio...

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MISigned into law 05/2010P-12Educational Development Plan/Student Review
S.B. 757
Part of Michigan's Race to the Top Legisation; requires each pupil to review his or her educational development plan (EDP) in 8th grade and revise the plan as appropriate before entering high school; requires the EDP to also be based on high school readiness s...

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NMSigned into law 03/2010P-12High School Graduation Requirements and Diplomas
H.B. 44
Changes graduation requirements for students entering 9th grade in the 2012-2013 school year; includes health education; reconciles multiple amendments to the same section of law. Spells out requirements for individual student next-step plans that set forth th...

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NMSigned into law 03/2010P-12Financial Literacy as Math Requirement
H.B. 53
Relates to public schools; allows financial literacy that meets state standards to qualify for one of the four required mathematics units for students beginning ninth grade in 2009-2010; reconciles multiple amendments to the same section of law, including indi...

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COAdopted 01/2010P-12Individual Career and Academic Plans
1 CCR 301-81
Intends to decrease dropout rates and increase graduation rates by assisting students in developing and maintaining a personalized postsecondary plan that ensures readiness for postsecondary workforce success. http://www.sos.state.co.us/CCR/NumericalAgencyList...

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CAVetoed 10/2009P-12School Counseling
S.B. 272
Partially from Legislative Counsel's Digest:
States legislative intent relating to the role of school counselors and counseling programs. Authorizes the academic counseling component of educational counseling to include an individualized review of pupil's ac...

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CAVetoed 10/2009P-12Immigration Agents, Immigration Status and Care for Neglected Pupils
A.B. 132
Creates new Section 32297. Provides that immigration agents shall not interfere with the education of pupils. Specifies that this policy not impede or restrict any lawful authority of immigration agents. Prohibits school officials and employees from collecting...

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CASigned into law 08/2009P-12Career Resource Network
S.B. 123
Relates to the existing Career Resource Network, the primary duty of which is to provide career development information and resources to middle and high school counselors, adminstrators and educators to ensure that schools and high schools have the necessary i...

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OHSigned into law 07/2009P-12Governor's Closing the Achievement Gap Initiative
H.B. 1 - Section 3306.31 and 265.70.80
Specifies that the following provisions apply to any district with a three-year average graduation rate at or below 80%. Requires each such district's local board to implement actions prescribed by the governor's closing the achievement gap initiative in each ...

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NYAdopted 06/2009P-12Supplementary Bilingual Education Extension
Title 8 NYCRR 80-2.9, 80-4.3, 80-5.18
Creates a three-year, non-renewable supplementary bilingual education extension to authorize a pupil personnel service professional currently certified in a pupil personnel service title (i.e., school counselor, social worker, and school psychologist) to work ...

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TXSigned into law 06/2009P-12Excused Absence to Visit Colleges
H.B. 2542
Allows districts to grant excused absences for juniors and seniors visiting institutions of higher education. http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/81R/billtext/pdf/HB02542F.pdf...

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TXSigned into law 06/2009Postsec.Financial Aid Guidance for Veterans
H.B. 3951
Requires public institutions of higher education to ensure that one or more employees is trained in understanding state and federal student financial assistance programs for military veterans and their families, and in assisting veterans and family members in ...

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TXSigned into law 06/2009P-12School Counselors
H.B. 3646 - Section 39
Rewrites 33.002 regarding certified school counselors. Directs the commissioner to distribute funds for school counselor and counseling programs to districts that apply for such funds. Requires the commissioner to give preference to districts that received pro...

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TXSigned into law 06/2009Postsec.Exception to Automatic Admission of Students in Top 10% of High School Class
S.B. 175 - Section 1, subsections (a)-(f), (j)-(k)
Permits the University of Texas at Austin to make an exception to the statute requiring all general academic teaching institutions to admit all students in the top 10% of their graduating classes, beginning with admissions for the 2011-12 school year, when suc...

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TXSigned into law 06/2009P-12
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Higher Education Assistance Plan
S.B. 175 - Section 6
Directs the higher education coordinating board to develop a plan under which each public high school that is, as determined by the board, substantially below the state average in the number of
graduates who attend public or private or independent institutions...

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TXSigned into law 06/2009P-12
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Counseling about Automatic Admissions Policy
S.B. 175 - Section 3 and 4
Requires districts to notify every high school student, at the time the student first registers for one or more classes required for high school graduation, about the provisions of Section 51.803, which provides for automatic admission to a general academic te...

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TXSigned into law 06/2009P-12
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Outreach to Top 10% Seniors
S.B. 175 - Section 1, subsections (g), ((l)
Directs the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to institute a program to improve the outreach efforts of general academic teaching institutions in providing counseling and information to Texas high school seniors likely to be eligible for automatic admi...

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MNSigned into law 05/2009P-12Access to Student Records
H.F. 2
Allows a child's parent or guardian to designate a "significant individual" to participate in a school conference involving that child. Requires the parent or guardian to give prior written consent to allow the individual to participate in the conference and h...

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OHAdopted 05/2009P-12Academic and Career Planning
OAC 3301-68-01
Amends rules related to K-12 career development programs. Adds that middle school career exploration activities must enable students to develop a
personalized learning plan using either the Ohio career information system, a career planning system provider or a...

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GAVetoed 05/2009P-12College- and Work-Ready Programs of Study
S.B. 178 Section 10, Part 1
Enacts the "Building Resourceful Individuals to Develop Georgia's Economy Act". Directs the department of education to develop focused programs of study in high demand, high skill and high wage academic and career fields, which may include aerospace, health ca...

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NDSigned into law 05/2009P-12Counselor Positions
H.B. 1400 - Counselor Positions Section
Beginning with 2010-11 school year, requires each district to have one full-time equivalency counselor for every 300 students. Up to one third of this requirement can be met by career advisors (defined as holding a certificate in career development facilitatio...

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IASigned into law 04/2009P-12
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Community College
Articulation from High School to College and from Community College to Four-Year
H.B. 815
Adds several new subsections of law. Requires development and implementation of a plan to provide, at least twice annually to all principals and guidance counselors employed by school districts and accredited nonpublic schools, notice describing how students c...

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ARSigned into law 04/2009P-12College and Career Readiness Planning Program Act
H.B. 1808
Creates the College and Career Readiness Planning Program Act. Defines "college and career readiness". Beginning with the 2010-11 school year, directs public schools to administer the EXPLORE to 8th graders, and either the PLAN or PSAT to 10th graders. Permits...

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UTAdopted 03/2009P-12Comprehensive Counseling and Guidance Program
R277-462
Amends definition of Comprehensive Counseling and Guidance Program ("Program") to add reference to informing and involving parents. Adds definition of counselor-to-student ratio.

Defines Student Education Occupation Plan (SEOP) as a developmentally organized ...

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SDSigned into law 02/2009P-12Guidance counselor
H.B. 1186
Reimburses and rewards public school counselors who earn the credential of National Certified School Counselor.
http://legis.state.sd.us/sessions/2009/Bill.aspx?File=HB1186ENR.htm...

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OHSigned into law 01/2009P-12
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Free Career Information
H.B. 525
Authorizes the board of regents to enter into an agreement with private entities to provide free career information for students via the board of regents Web site. http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/bills.cfm?ID=127_HB_525...

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COAdopted 08/2008P-12School Counselor Corps Grant Program
1 CCR 301-74
Establishes rules regarding the School Counselor Corps Grant Program, including application procedures, review criteria and reporting requirements.

Establishes rules for HB 1370 that provides moneys to school districts, boards of cooperative services, and ch...

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LASigned into law 07/2008P-12High School Dropout Prevention Act of 2008
H.B. 1091
Provides that before a student between the ages of 17 and 18 may drop out, the student and student's parent must attend an exit interview, in which the student and parent provide written acknowledgement that withdrawal from school will likely reduce the studen...

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WVAdopted 06/2008P-12Changes to Policy 2510
Title 126, Series 42
From the introduction to the adopted rules:
"Revisions were needed in Policy 2510 to allow local school districts greater flexibility in the implementation of the rigorous academic standards and high quality programs that characterize West Virginia's 21st cen...

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COSigned into law 05/2008P-12School Counselor Corps Grant Program
H.B. 1370
Makes legislative findings concerning the importance of school counseling services for students in middle, junior high, and high schools; creates the School Counselor Corps Grant Program to provide moneys to school districts, boards of cooperative services, an...

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IASigned into law 05/2008P-12Student Readiness for College or Work
S.F. 2216 - Generally
Concerns state and local measures for preparing a student for a career or for postsecondary education, including a mandated statewide core curriculum for school districts and accredited nonpublic schools and a state designated career information and decision m...

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MDAdopted 04/2008P-12Career Development Guidance
COMAR 13A.04.10.01, .02
Provides the Maryland Career Development Framework standards to guide the implementation of a systematic instructional program in career development and decision making for all students.
http://www.dsd.state.md.us/comar/13a/13a.04.10.01.htm...

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NMSigned into law 02/2008P-12
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Community College
College and Workplace Readiness Assessment
S.B. 460
Relates to public schools; changes the statewide college and workplace readiness assessments; allows the eleventh grade standards-based assessments to serve as the assessment required for graduation; provides that financial literacy shall be offered as an elec...

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GAAdopted 12/2007P-12Teacher Certification
GAC 505-2-.10, -.26, -.96, -.150, -.166, -.167, -.202,-.300, -.350, -.351, -.352, -.353, - .354, -.355; 505-3-.62, -.63
505-2-.10: Adds provisions and clarification for National Guard personnel to apply for JROTC instructor positions, which is now authorized by the Department of Defense. http://rules.sos.state.ga.us/docs/505/2/10.pdf

505-2-.26: Makes available an optional Comp...

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MIEnacted 11/2007P-12High School Reform
S.B. 403
Revises high school personal curriculum requirements for transfer pupils; relates to advanced placement, diplomas and merit standards requirements; includes nonpublic schools and out-of-state transfers; provides for the presence of counselors and a school psyc...

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IAAdopted 10/2007P-12School Nurse, School Guidance Counselor
IAC 281-12.2(256), 12.3(11), 12.4(12)
Requires that each school district have a school nurse and a qualified (i.e., licensed by the Board of Education Examiners) guidance counselor. Requires a definition of and standards for an articulated sequential kindergarten through grade 12 school counseling...

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CASigned into law 09/2007P-12
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P-16
A.B. 428
Requires each school district offering any of grades 9 to 12, inclusive, prior to class registration, for each school in the district, to provide parents or guardians with written notification relating to the courses offered by the school satisfying the requir...

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CASigned into law 09/2007P-12
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P-16
S.B. 405
Expands the Fair Competition for College and Career Opportunity Program to include provisions for individualized review of the career goals of the pupil and academic and career-related opportunities available to the pupil and for explanation of the coursework ...

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ILSigned into law 08/2007P-12Definition of Professional Worker
S.B. 122
Amends the Children with Disabilities Article of the School Code. Adds school counselor and school counselor intern to the list of professions included in the definition of a professional worker. http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/95/SB/PDF/09500SB0122lv.pdf...

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LAAdopted 08/2007P-12School Counselor Certification
LAC 28:CXXXI.659
Revises the requirements for add-on certification as a school counselor. Allows three years of successful experience as a school counselor to substitute for the required three-semester-hour supervised practicum in a school setting. The change will allow more c...

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ILSigned into law 08/2007P-12School Psychology Internship Consortium
H.B. 1363
Provides that, subject to appropriations, the state board of education must provide grants to the School Psychology Internship Consortium for aid in providing training programs and facilitating interns to improve the educational and mental health services of c...

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ORSigned into law 07/2007P-12
Postsec.
Community College
Access to Student Assistance Programs in Reach of Everyone (ASPIRE)
H.B. 2729
Authorizes the Oregon Student Assistance Commission to establish Access to Student Assistance Programs in Reach of Everyone (ASPIRE) to provide information about financial aid and education and training options beyond high school to students in Oregon secondar...

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MESigned into law 06/2007P-12High School Completion for At Risk Students
H.B. 1296
Implements the recommendations of the Governor's Task Force to Engage State's Youth; ensures that students experiencing education disruption will have the same opportunities to earn an approved high school diploma; relates to disruptions of homelessness, unpla...

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TXVetoed 06/2007Postsec.Assessing Student Academic Advising Services
S.B. 1053
Requires the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, institutions of higher education, and relevant professionals to develop an instrument to assess student academic advising services.
http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/tlodocs/80R/billtext/pdf/SB01053F.pdf...

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NVSigned into law 05/2007P-12High School Reform
A.B. 212
Provides for high school reform. Requires the board of trustees of each school district to adopt a policy for each public school of the school district in which ninth grade pupils are enrolled, to develop a 4-year academic plan for each of those pupils. Requir...

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IASigned into law 04/2007P-12Guidance and Counseling Programs
S.F. 277 (Section 4)
Beginning July 1, 2007, requires every school district to have a qualified guidance counselor licensed by the board of educational examiners and a school nurse. Directs each district to work toward the goal of having one qualified guidance counselor for every ...

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IASigned into law 04/2007P-12Waivers from Certain Staffing Requirements
S.F. 277 (Section 5 and 8)
Section 5: Strikes and rewrites section 256.11A. Authorizes the board of directors of a school district to file a request by August 1, 2007 for a waiver from the following requirements for the 2007-2008 school year:
a. Apply for a one-year extension of a waiv...

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WASigned into law 04/2007P-12School Counselors
H.B. 1670
Declares that a school counselor is a professional educator who holds a valid school counselor certification as defined by the professional educator standards board. The purpose and role of the school counselor is to plan, organize, and deliver a comprehensive...

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NMSigned into law 04/2007P-12Counselor Licensure Eligibility
H.B. 1090
Allows counselors to apply for level three-b administrative licenses.
http://legis.state.nm.us/Sessions/07%20Regular/final/HB1090.pdf...

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IDSigned into law 03/2007P-12Teen Early Intervention Mental Health and Substance Abuse Specialist Program
S.B. 1147
Defines "teens at risk" as public school students in grades 7-12 who have been identified as expressing or exhibiting indications of depression, suicidal inclination, emotional trauma, substance abuse or other behaviors or symptoms that indicate the existenc...

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ARSigned into law 03/2007P-12high school counseling
H.B. 2245
Provides state high school students with comprehensive information concerning college scholarships and state-funded programs for developing technical job skills.
(Act No. 474)
http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/ftproot/bills/2007/public/HB2245.pdf...

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WYSigned into law 03/2007Postsec.
Community College
Hathaway Scholarship Program Revisions
H.B. 97
Revises the Hathaway scholarship program by increasing curriculum requirements necessary to qualify for scholarships; establishes specific curriculum requirements for various scholarship levels for students graduating in the 2007-2008 school year, 2009-2010 sc...

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OHSigned into law 12/2006P-12Individual Academic Career Plan
S.B. 311-- Sec. 3313.603(H)
Directs the department to make its individual academic career plan available through its Ohio career information system web site for districts and schools to use as a tool for communicating with and providing guidance to students and families in selecting high...

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OHSigned into law 12/2006P-12Alternatives for Students Not Completing the Ohio Core
S.B. 311-- 3313.603(D)
Provides that a student who enters grade 9 in the 2010-2011 through 2013-2014 school years may graduate from high school even though the student has not completed the Ohio core curriculum defined in section 3313.603(C) (the Ohio core curriculum will be the sta...

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OHSigned into law 12/2006P-12S.B. 311 -- Sec. 3313.6014
S.B. 311
Requires local boards to adopt procedures for notifying each high school student's parent of the requirements of the Ohio core curriculum (high school graduation requirements effective with the Class of 2011) and that a consequence of not completing the curric...

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GAAdopted 11/2006P-12Teacher Preparation and Certification
GAC 505-2-.05, .06, .25, .38, .150, .162, .163, .165, .202, .204, .205, .206; 505-3-.16, -.85
Clarifies various rules regarding certification, including certificaton for interns, non-renewable professionals, teaching endorsements, safety and driver education endorsement, school counseling, school psychology, and speech and language pathology. Establish...

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NCSigned into law 07/2006P-12Role School Counselors Play in Providing Dropout Prevention
S.B. 571
Directs the state board of education to report on the role school counselors play in providing dropout prevention and intervention services to students in middle and high school and on the state board's implementation of its policy regarding school counselors....

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MIAdopted 07/2006P-12School Psychologist Certificate
R 380.203, .204, .205, .206, .208
Amends rules concerning school psychologist certificate; defines role of school psychologist; provides requirements for a preliminary school psychologist certificate. http://www.state.mi.us/orr/emi/admincode.asp?AdminCode=Single&Admin_Num=38000201&Dpt=&RngHigh...

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MIRule Adoption 07/2006P-12School Counselor Certification & Licensure
R 390.1301 thru .1308
Amends rules to the Department of Education concerning the certification and licensure of school counselors. http://www.state.mi.us/orr/emi/admincode.asp?AdminCode=Single&Admin_Num=39001301&Dpt=&RngHigh=39900102...

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LASigned into law 06/2006P-12National Certified School Counselor Credential
H.B. 167
Extends the deadline from July 2007 to 2013 for certain school counselors to have obtained an initial credential from the National Board for Certified Counselors in order to receive a mandated salary adjustment. http://www.legis.state.la.us/billdata/streamdocu...

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IASigned into law 06/2006P-12Plan for Completing Core Curriculum
S.B. 2272 - Section 13
Requires each high school student's plan for completing the core curriculum to include career options and to identify the coursework needed in grades nine through twelve to support the student's postsecondary education and career options. Provides that if the...

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FLSigned into law 05/2006P-12Florida Secondary School Redesign Act
H.B. 7087 - Section 19
Defines secondary schools as those serving grades 6-12. Specifies that the following guiding principles must be used in the annual preparation of each secondary school's improvement plan:

(a) Struggling students, especially those in failing schools, need th...

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LASigned into law 05/2006P-12National School Psychology Certification Board
H.B. 210
Extends the deadline from 2006 to 2013 for certain school psychologists to have obtained an initial credential from the National School Psychology Certification Board in order to be eligible for a salary increase. http://www.legis.state.la.us/billdata/streamdo...

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FLSigned into law 05/2006P-12Readiness for Postsecondary Education and Workforce Program
H.B. 7087 (Section 37)
The legislation shifts career and postsecondary planning from 9th grade to beginning in middle school. It is the intent of the Legislature that students and parents set early achievement and career goals for the student's post-high-school experience during th...

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KYSigned into law 04/2006P-12
Postsec.
High School and College Readiness Assessments
S.B. 130
Section 1:
Requires the state assessment system, by the 2007-2008 school year, to include:
1. A high school readiness examination to assess English, reading, math and science in grade 8;
2. A college readiness examination to assess English, reading, math and s...

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IAAdopted 04/2006P-12Class G Guidance Counselor License
IAC 282-14.132(272), 14.132(1) through 14.132(3)
Addresses the shortage of school guidance counselors. Creates new class of guidance counselor license. Page 80 of 100: http://www.legis.state.ia.us/Rules/2006/Bulletin/IAB060510.pdf...

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MISigned into law 04/2006P-12New High School Graduation Requirements
H.B. 5606
Establishes statewide high school graduation requirements effective with the class of 2010, including 4 units English; 3 units science, including biology and either chemistry or physics. Strongly encourages students to complete a fourth credit in science, such...

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ALSigned into law 04/2006P-12National Board for Certified Counselors
S.B. 49
Requires public elementary and secondary school counselors to be certified by National Board for Certified Counselors, provides for annual stipend the same as for counselor certified by National Board for Professional Teaching Standards; provides appropriation...

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INSigned into law 03/2006P-12Progression Toward Completion of Career Plan
H.B. 1347 Section 8
Requires a student's guidance counselor, in consultation with the student and the student's parent, to review annually a student's career plan to determine if a student is progressing toward fulfillment of the career plan. If a student is not progressing towar...

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INSigned into law 03/2006P-12
Postsec.
Community College
Double Up for College
H.B. 1347 Section 10
Establishes Chapter 11.5, the Double Up For College Program
Sec. 1. As used in this chapter, "postsecondary credit" means credit toward an associate degree, a baccalaureate degree, or a vocational certification granted by a state educational institution (as de...

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WASigned into law 03/2006P-12Student-Centered Planning Program
S.B. 6255
Provides that, to the extent funds are appropriated for this purpose, the superintendent of public instruction shall develop and disseminate a comprehensive student-centered planning program to all districts by August 2006. The superintendent of public instruc...

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KYAdopted 02/2006P-12Individual Learning Plans
704 KAR 3:305 (section 3)
Requires districts to implement an advising and guidance process throughout the middle and high schools to provide support for the development and implementation of each student's Individual Learning Plan.

Requires districts to evaluate the effectiveness an...

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IDIssued 01/2006P-12Idaho Career Information Board
Executive Order 2006-4
Changes the name of the Idaho State Occupational Information Coordinating Committee to the Idaho Career Information Board. Requires board to include representatives from the Idaho Division of Professional-Technical Education, the Idaho Department of Commerce a...

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CAConsideration of governor's veto pending 09/2005P-12Counseling for At-risk Students
A.B. 455
An act to amend Section 49600 of the Education Code, relating to at-risk pupils. Requires that educational counseling include, in addition to the above, counseling for the development of an at-risk pupil plan for at-risk pupils. Specifies the components those ...

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CASigned into law 09/2005P-12California Career Resource Network
S.B. 665
Repeals the California Occupational Information Coordination Committee and instead establishes the California Career Resource Network for the purpose of providing career development information and resources. Specifies that the primary duty of the California C...

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NJRule Adoption 08/2005P-12Programs To Support Student Development
NJAC 6A:16-1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.5 thru 5.8, 6.1 thru 6.3,7.1, 7.2 thru 7.10, 8 thru 11
Establishes and amends requirements for school district boards relating to development and implementation of school safety plans, cooperation with law enforcement on certain matters if they occur at school grounds and functions, development and implementation ...

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TNSigned into law 05/2005P-12
Postsec.
Community College
Notification of Potential Career Opportunities
S.B. 709
Adds new subsection 49-7-202. Requires the commission, with the assistance of the University of Tennessee system and the state university and community college system, to develop information concerning the potential career opportunities in each curriculum or m...

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SCSigned into law 05/2005P-12
Postsec.
Community College
South Carolina Education and Economic Development Act
H.B. 3155
Adds a new chapter (59) establishing the South Carolina Education and Economic Development Act. Provides for the development of a curriculum organized around a career cluster system that must provide students with both strong academics and real-world problem s...

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ARSigned into law 04/2005P-12Incentives for Teacher Recruitment and Retention in High-Priority Districts
S.B. 1044 (section 31)
Includes guidance counselors and librarians in definition of "teacher" or "teachers" in provisions relating to incentives for teacher recruitment and retention in high-priority districts. Clarifies that all teachers not newly signed to work in a high-priority ...

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ARSigned into law 04/2005P-12Social Workers in Public Schools
S.B. 1187
Increases the number and availability of social workers in the public schools. http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/ftproot/bills/2005/public/sb1187.pdf...

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ARSigned into law 04/2005P-12
Postsec.
Career Counseling for Students
H.B. 2868
Requires each district's student services plan to include a district-level tracking system for students who fail to reach proficiency on state-mandated assessments. Specifies that guidance and counseling services in each district's "student services program" i...

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CASigned into law 09/2004P-12Attendance of Counselor at Pupil Suspension Conference
A.B. 2855 (multiple provisions)
Section 10: Changes the law from requiring a school counselor or psychologist to attend a parent-teacher conference regarding a pupil suspension to authorizing the counselor or psychologist to attend attendance of a school counselor or psychologist at a parent...

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CAVetoed 09/2004P-12Academic and Career Exploration Plan
A.B. 2295
Authorizes a school district to provide a pupil with an individualized academic and career exploration plan prior to the completion of grade 9. The plan must be developed jointly by the student, parent and a school counselor with a valid credential in pupil pe...

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DERule Adoption 09/2004P-12Certification School Psychologist
14 DAC 1577
Amends regulation relating to the Certification of School Psychologists to align them with current statute and regulations concerning licensing and certification. (Formerly Section 368) DELAWARE REG 1546 (SN) http://www.state.de.us/research/AdminCode/title14/1...

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CAVetoed 08/2004P-12Student Academic Review and Counseling
S.B. 1299
Authorizes a unified school district or a high school district to implement the Student Academic Review and Counseling Program in grade 8 or 9. http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/bill/sen/sb_1251-1300/sb_1299_bill_20040809_enrolled.html
Veto message: http://www.gov...

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LASigned into law 07/2004P-12School Certified Guidance Counselor
S.B. 261
Authorizes employment of the immediate family members of a school board member or school superintendent as a certified guidance counselor of parishes with a population of twenty-five thousand five hundred persons or less according to the most recent federal de...

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LASigned into law 06/2004P-12Counselors Guidance
H.B. 493
Includes guidance counselors holding appropriate ancillary certificates issued by the state department of education in definitions of persons eligible for certain sabbatical and sick leave benefits provided by law. http://www.legis.state.la.us/leg_docs/04RS/CV...

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DERule Adoption 05/2004P-12Certification School Social Work Services
14 DAC 1582
Amends regulations relating to requirements for a standard certificate. Changes made to comply with statutory changes regarding the licensure and certification of educators. Renumbers and renames Section. (Previously 14 DAC 382) http://legis.state.de.us/LIS/Re...

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MSSigned into law 05/2004P-12School Nurses and Counselors Salary Supplements
S.B. 2302
Provides that a licensed nurse who has met the requirements and acquired a certificate form the National Board of Certification of School Nurses, Inc., and who is employed by a local school board or the state Board of Education as a school nurse shall receive ...

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ILSigned into law 07/2003P-12School Counselor Requirements
H.B. 514
Amends the School Code concerning school counselors. Provides that in lieu of holding or qualifying for a teaching certificate in addition to a school service personnel certificate, a school counselor may fulfill such other requirements as the State Board of E...

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HIVetoed 07/2003P-12School Counselors
S.B. 209
Appropriates funds for the conversion of ten month counselor positions to twelve month for multi-track schools. http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/site1/docs/getstatus.asp?qu=SB209&showstatus=on&showtext=on&press1=docs...

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GAVetoed 06/2003P-12School Counselors
S.B. 178
Relates to conditions of employment of certain persons under the "Quality Basic Education Act," so as to provide for salary increases for certain persons credentialed as National Certified School Counselors and to provide for salary increases for certain schoo...

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WVAdopted 11/2002P-12Developmental Guidance and Counseling STATE ID: 126-67
Title 126, Series 67
Sets the requirements for Pre-K-12 comprehensive developmental guidance and counseling programs for schools in West Virginia that reflect the American School Counselor Association National Standards for School Counseling Programs model. The purpose is to def...

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CAVetoed 08/2002P-12Development of a master plan for pupil support services
A.B. 2025
Relates to educational counseling. Requires the state department to convene a voluntary working group for the purpose of developing a master plan for pupil support services. Requires the department, in consultation with the working group, to perform specified ...

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CADied 08/2002P-12The role of school counselors
S.B. 1639
State legislative findings and declarations regarding the purpose and goal of educational counseling programs and the role of school counselors. Specifies the authority and responsibilities of credentialed school counselors, requires counseling programs to con...

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FLSigned into law 08/2002P-12Education Code Re-Write: Teacher Certification Requirements
S.B. 20E
According to legislative summary: "Amends ... to clarify that a statement of status of eligibility for a subject area authorized at the time of application may be reissued. Amends ... to allow for demonstration of subject area expertise with approval of superi...

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MSSigned into law 04/2002P-12School Guidance Counselors
S.B. 2441
Lists qualifications school guidance counselors must hold; lists comprehensive counseling services school guidance counselors are to provide. http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/documents/2002/html/SB/2400-2499/SB2441SG.htm...

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VASigned into law 03/2002P-12Guidance Counselors, Reading Specialists
H.B. 1136
Amends the Standards of Quality to require, within the Standards of Accreditation, guidance counselors in elementary schools at the following staffing levels: one hour per day per 100 students, one full-time at 500 students, and one hour per day additional tim...

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CASigned by Governor 09/2001P-12Pupil Support Personnel
A.B. 722
Chapter No.250, Requires the State Department of Education to conduct a study of pupil support, defined to include school counselors, school psychologists, and school social workers, in the schools. Requires the State Department of Education to report the resu...

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TXSigned into law 05/2001P-12Counselors' Duties
S.B. 538
Requires the comptroller of public accounts to conduct a comprehensive statewide study of the duties public school counselors perform. The study is to determine the percentage of total employment time public school counselors spend in performing duties relatin...

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TXSigned into law 05/2001P-12Student Advising
S.B. 158
Each counselor at an elementary, middle, or junior high school is required to advise students and their parents or guardians regarding the importance of higher education, coursework designed to prepare students for higher education, and financial aid availabil...

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NDSigned into law 04/2001P-12Standards for Teachers, Administrators
H.B. 1045
Relates to elementary and secondary education provisions addressed in the creation of North Dakota Century Code; relates to administration, boards, teacher licenses; school guidance and counseling services; special education; vocational and technology educatio...

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IDSigned into law 03/2001P-12Qualifications for Counselors
H.B. 14
Relates to professional counselors; provides that provisions of law shall not apply to interns in counseling acting under direct supervision of a licensed professional counselor in private practice; requires that applicant for licensure as a professional couns...

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MISigned into law 07/2000P-12Counselors Not Certified as Teachers
H.B. 5740
Public Act 288; Relates to education; regards counseling; allows school counselors who are not certified as teachers to serve in public school under certain circumstances....

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VAVetoed 03/2000P-12Guidance Counselors
H.B. 245
Amends the Standards of Quality to require, within the Standards of Accreditation, guidance counselors in elementary schools at the following staffing levels: one hour per day per 100 students, one full-time at 500 students, one hour per day additional time pe...

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GASigned into law 03/2000P-12Omnibus Bill - Guidance Counselor Requirements & Funding
H.B. 1187
Guidance counselors are required to spend at least five of six periods counseling or advising students and parents. Funding for middle school counselors has been changed to 1:624. Funding for elementary school counselors has been decreased. The exact ratio ha...

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TNSigned into law 02/2000P-12Coordinated Health Program
H.B. 674
Provides for coordinated school health program; requires program to include, but not be limited to, school nurses, health education, school nutrition services, a health school environment, and school counseling, psychological and social services....

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