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Curriculum--Language Arts


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State Status/Date Level Summary
CASigned into law 10/2013P-12Science and English Language Arts Instructional Materials and Curriculum Frameworks
S.B. 300
Existing law prohibits the state board from adopting instructional materials until the 2015–16 school year, with exceptions. This bill requires the state board to consider the adoption of a revised curriculum framework and evaluation criteria for instructional...

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WVAdopted 06/2012P-12Reading and Language Arts Content Standards and Objectives for West Virginia Schools
WV ADC s 126-44A-1, 2, 3, 4
Defines content standards and instructional goals and objectives for reading and language arts, consistent with West Virginia's move to adopt the common core standards. Broadens scope of curriculum to include 21st century content standards and objectives as we...

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CTSigned into law 07/2011P-12Closing the Achievement Gap/Early Literacy
S.B. 929
Sec. 1 - Establishes a task force to address the academic achievement gaps in Connecticut by considering effective approaches to closing the achievement gaps in elementary, middle and high schools. Requires the task force to submit a master plan to the General...

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NVSigned into law 05/2011P-12Model Curriculum for English Language Arts and Math
S.B. 14
Requires the state board of education to develop a model curriculum for the subjects of English language arts and mathematics. Provides for the dissemination of the model curriculum to school districts, charter schools and the regional training programs for th...

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INAdopted 04/2011P-12Reading Framework
511 IAC 6.1-5-2.6; 511 IAC 6.2-3.1
Amends 511 IAC 6.1-5-2.6 to include the utilization of the reading framework adopted by the state board of education as part of the required elementary curriculum. Adds 511 IAC 6.2-3.1 to define and require elementary schools to submit a reading plan and to de...

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MISigned into law 10/2010P-12Native American Tribal Language and Culture Class/Teachers
S.B. 1014
Permits the Michigan Department of Education to enter into a memorandum of understanding with a federally recognized Native American tribe, the board of a school district, or the board of directors of a public school academy (PSA) authorizing the superintenden...

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WASigned into law 04/2009P-12Speech Pathologists Certification
S.B. 5601
Requires certification of speech-language pathology assistants; provides that a speech-language pathology assistant may only perform procedures or tasks delegated by the speech-language pathologist and must follow the individualized education program or treatm...

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ARSigned into law 04/2009P-12End of Course Requirements
H.B. 1959
Adds transcript requirements to provide evidence of end-of-course assessment credit for Algebra I and/or English II for specified future school years.
http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/assembly/2009/R/Acts/Act1307.pdf...

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NMSigned into law 04/2009P-12Media Literacy Requirement
H.B. 342
Requires that media literacy be offered as an elective for public school students in grades six through twelve.
http://nmlegis.gov/Sessions/09%20Regular/final/HB0342.pdf...

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CAVetoed 09/2008P-12curriculum standards
S.B. 1097
Relates to the State Board of Education and school curriculum content standards. Requires that prior to the adoption of a curriculum framework, a content standards review panel must be appointed for reading/language arts and history/social sciences. Requires t...

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CAVetoed 09/2008P-12Curriculum frameworks
S.B. 1607
Requires the State Board of Education to include a chapter in its regulations concerning the development of curriculum frameworks and the adoption of instructional materials that provides for language and content instruction focusing particularly on those desi...

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MOApproved by voters 05/2008P-12
Postsec.
Community College
Official Language
V. 1
(CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT 1;HJR 7 - 2007) Proposes an amendment to the Constitution relating to English as the Official State Language....

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CAVetoed 09/2007P-12language arts assessment
A.B. 252
Authorizes the Department of Education to make a primary language assessment available to public schools for assessing pupils enrolled in dual language immersion programs that include the primary language of the assessments at their own expense. Requires distr...

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MNSigned into law 05/2007P-12Library Services to Blind and Physically Handicapped
H.F. 2245 [Services to Blind and Physically Handicapped]
Directs the Department of Education to provide specialized services to the blind and physically handicapped through the Minnesota Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped under a cooperative plan with the National Library Services for the Blind and Ph...

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MSSigned into law 03/2007P-12K-3 Literacy and Numeracy Screening
H.B. 1058
Relates to dyslexia screening and remediation pilot programs. Requires state department of education to select a literacy and numeracy screening instrument to be used by districts for K-3 students. Requires all districts to use selected instrument. Districts m...

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WVAdopted 10/2006P-12Reading & Language Arts Content Standards
Title 126, Series 44A
Amends rules regarding reading and language arts content standards and objectives for West Virginia schools. http://wvde.state.wv.us/policies/p2520.1_ne.pdf...

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NMSigned into law 04/2005P-12Honors Classes
S.B. 69
Beginning with the 2006-2007 school year, each school district shall offer at least one honors or similar academically rigorous class each in mathematics and language arts in each high school.

http://legis.state.nm.us/Sessions/05%20Regular/final/SB0069.pdf...

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VASigned into law 04/2004P-12Substantial Amendments to the Standards of Learning
H.B. 1014
Amends section 22.1-253.13:1 and 22.1-253.13:2 . Specifies that the Standards of Learning form the core of Virginia's educational program and other educational objectives. Specifies that the state board must, at a minimum, define Standards of Learning for Eng...

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UTUnofficially approved by voters 11/2000P-12
V. 1 English Only
INITIATIVE A Declares English as Utah's official and sole language for state and local government documents and action; exempts those documents and actions required by the United States and Utah constitutions, federal law and regulations, law enforcement, publ...

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CAVetoed 08/2000P-12Action Plan for Language Development
S.B. 576
Appropriates, without regard to fiscal year, a specified amount from the General Fund to the California Postsecondary Education Commission for the purpose of preparing and submitting to the governor, certain members of the legislature, and prescribed state off...

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UTOn 11/07/2000 ballot 07/2000P-12English as Official Language
V. 1 Ballot Initiative
Establishes English as the official language of the State of Utah....

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CASigned into law 07/2000P-12Language Education and Testing
S.B. 1667
Relates to existing law which requires a school district with pupils who are English learners to conduct annual assessments on the pupils English. Requires that the annual assessment be conducted upon initial enrollment during a period of time determined by th...

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CASigned into law 06/2000P-12English Language Programs
A.B. 2881
Relates to existing law which establishes the English Language Acquisition Program which is designed for schools maintaining grades 4 to 8, inclusive, and under which English Language Development Professional Institutes provide instruction for school teams fro...

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HIVetoed 06/2000P-12Language Immersion Program
S.B. 2722
Creates standards for the Hawaiian language immersion program; states the Department of Education shall create a separate Office of Hawaiian Language Immersion Instruction for the direction and control of the program....

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NERejected by voters 05/2000P-12English Language Requirement in Private Schools
V. 4
(LR 20-1999); Constitutional amendment; eliminates the English language requirement in private, denominational, and parochial schools....

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