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State Status/Date Level Summary
CATo governor 09/2014P-12Mandatory Kindergarten
A.B. 1444
Beginning with the 2016–17 school year, requires a child to have completed one year of kindergarten before the child may be admitted to first grade. http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/asm/ab_1401-1450/ab_1444_bill_20140822_enrolled.pdf...

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NYSigned into law 07/2014P-12Allowing Kindergarten Attendance to Be Mandatory in Utica
A.B. 9472
Authorizes the Utica school district to require certain five years olds to attend kindergarten. http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?default_fld=&bn=A09472&term=&Summary=Y&Text=Y...

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NYSigned into law 07/2014P-12Allowing Kindergarten Attendance to Be Mandatory in Buffalo
S.B. 7347
Authorizes the Buffalo school district to require certain five-year-olds to attend kindergarten. http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?default_fld=%0D%0A&bn=S07347&term=&Summary=Y&Text=Y...

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CASigned into law 06/2014P-12Transitional Kindergarten Curriculum and Teacher Qualifications
S.B. 858 - Transitional Kindergarten Curriculum and Teacher Qualifications
From bill summary: States legislative intent that the curriculum for transitional kindergarten (the first year of a 2-year kindergarten program that uses a modified curriculum) be aligned to the California Preschool Learning Foundations developed by the depar...

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OKVeto overridden: legislature has overridden governor's veto 05/2014P-12Amends the Reading Sufficiency Act and Related Promotion/Retention Provisions
H.B. 2625
Changes language regarding kindergarten readiness screening from Priority Academic Student Skills (PASS) to "subject matter standards." Amends the Reading Sufficiency Act to require that any student who demonstrates proficiency in reading at the third-grade le...

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HISigned into law 05/2014P-12Making Kindergarten Attendance Mandatory
S.B. 2768
Makes kindergarten mandatory for children who will be at least five years of age by July 31 of the school year, unless otherwise exempt. Also lowers compulsory school age to children age 5 by July 31 of the school year. http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session201...

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MEBecame law without governor's signature 04/2014P-12Universal Voluntary Prekindergarten
L.D. 1530/S.P. 577
Changes the compulsory age for school attendance from 7 to 5 and requires universal voluntary prekindergarten education by the 2017-2018 school year. Requires the development of standards for prekindergarten education programs, recommendations for statewide pr...

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MSSigned into law 04/2014P-12Reading Intervention Pilot Program
S.B. 2572
Section 1. Directs the State Department of Education to conduct a reading intervention pilot program in one or more "C" level or low-performing school districts. Requires the pilot to focus on the use of data coaches to improve reading and literacy, to determi...

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MSSigned into law 03/2014P-12Kindergarten Age
S.B. 2571
Sections 2 and 4. Changes from September 1 to August 1 the cut-off date as it relates to the definition of "compulsory-school-age child."
http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/documents/2014/pdf/SB/2500-2599/SB2571SG.pdf...

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ORSigned into law 08/2013P-12Early Learning Screening, Risk Assessment, Prental Care, and Special Education Inclusion
H.B. 2013 (Section 1)
Requires the Early Learning Council and the Department of Education to assist school districts in implementing a process that assesses children for kindergarten readiness. Requires the assistance include training on goals and implementation of the process, th...

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ORSigned into law 08/2013P-12Early Learning Kindergarten Readiness Partnership and Innovation Program
H.B. 2013 (Section 3)
Establishes the Early Learning Kindergarten Readiness Partnership and Innovation Program to improve the readiness of children for kindergarten and will be administered by the Early Learning Council. Directs the Early Learning Council to provide grants which m...

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CTSigned into law 07/2013P-12Reading Assessments for Teachers and State-Wide Reading Plan
S.B. 1097
Requires K-3 teachers biennially to take a survey on reading instruction based on reading instruction examination approved by SBE or an alternative yet comparable reading instruction examination that is equivalent to the examination approved by the State Board...

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CTSigned into law 06/2013P-12Student Assessments - Readiness, 3-8, 10-11
H.B. 6623
Allows students to take their final mastery examination in grade 11 as an alternative to grade 10 beginning in the 2013-14 school year. Eliminates testing requirements for endowed or incorporated high schools, but permits such schools to base promotion or grad...

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AZSigned into law 06/2013P-12Kindergarten
S.B. 1447
Provides that a school district or charter school is not eligible to receive basic state aid for pupils that had not reached five years of age before September 1 of the current school year and who repeats kindergarten in the following school year. Allows scho...

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AZSigned into law 06/2013P-12Kindergarten Instruction Time
S.B. 1447
Redefines half-day Kindergarten attendance from 356 hours (up from 346) to 712 (up from 692) instructional hours.
http://www.azleg.gov/legtext/51leg/1r/laws/0251.pdf...

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NVSigned into law 06/2013P-12School Readiness Pilot
S.B. 486
Appropriates state funds to create a pilot program for the assessment of school readiness and for the coordination between early childhood education programs through college and workforce readiness.
http://www.leg.state.nv.us/Session/77th2013/Bills/SB/SB486_EN...

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IASigned into law 06/2013P-12Additional Uses for Preschool Aid; Kindergarten Readiness Assmt.
H.F. 215 - Division XIV
Defines additional uses for preschool aid money. Allows for community-based providers to use the money for professional development, instructional equipment, materials, and other direct costs. Unused preschool money at the end of the year is to be used to buil...

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NESigned into law 05/2013P-12Change in Kindergarten Cut-Off Age
L.B. 410 - School Entrance
The cutoff date remains five years on or before July 31 of the calendar year in which the school year for which the child is seeking admission begins. However, this bill changes from allowing to requiring admission of children who turn 5 between August 1 and ...

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MNSigned into law 05/2013P-12Early Learning Provisions
H.F. 630
Defines the minimum annual number of instructional hours for half-day and full-day kindergarten (425 and 850 hours, respectively). Empowers districts to adopt early admissions policy for kindergartners. Describes the process for comprehensive cognitive, social...

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UTSigned into law 04/2013P-12Enhanced Kindergarten and Early Intervention Interactive Computer Software Program
S.B. 260 - Enhanced Kindergarten and Early Intervention Interactive Computer Software Program
Primarily from bill summary: Modifies the distribution of funds for enhanced kindergarten programs to districts and charter schools.

Requires the state board to select technology providers for the early intervention interactive computer software program by S...

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IDSigned into law 03/2013P-12Allowance for Teachers to Visit Student Parents
S.B. 1057
Allows district to utilize a portion of the instructional staff allowance for teachers to visit the parents or guardians of students during the first week of the kindergarten school year. Such visits may take place at school, at the student's home or at anothe...

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CAVetoed 09/2012P-12Teacher Credentialing and Transitional Kindergarten
A.B. 1853
From bill summary: Authorizes the Commission on Teacher Credentialing to convene a workgroup of specified members to develop program standards for the issuance of a recognition of study in transitional kindergarten (defined as the 1st year of a two-year kinder...

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MISigned into law 07/2012P-12Kindergarten Entrance Ages
H.B. 4513
Updates cut-off date for entrance ages into kindergarten. For the 2013-14 school year, a child must be five years of age by November 1. For the 2014-15 school year, the child must be five years of age by October 1. For the 2015-16 school year, the child must ...

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NYSigned into law 07/2012P-12Kindergarten Attendance May Be Mandated in NYC
A.B. 9861
Authorizes the New York City board of education to require children who turn five by December 1 to attend kindergarten. Provides exceptions. http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?default_fld=%0D%0A&bn=A09861&term=&Summary=Y&Memo=Y&Text=Y...

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HISigned into law 06/2012P-12Early Learning System
S.B. 2545
Provides legislative findings. Establishes the executive office on early learning, to be temporarily placed in the office of the governor, and permanently established within the department of education for administrative purposes only, effective July 2015. Est...

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OHSigned into law 06/2012P-12Kindergarten, 1st Grade Entrance
S.B. 316 - Kindergarten, 1st Grade Entrance
Repeals existing requirements providing exceptions to minimum ages for admission to kindergarten or 1st grade. Replaces with provision providing an exception for a child recommended for early admittance in accordance with the district's acceleration policy. Re...

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OHSigned into law 06/2012P-12Birth through 3rd Grade Literacy Education
S.B. 316 - Birth through 3rd Grade Literacy Education
Directs the state board and the early childhood advisory council, in consultation with the governor's office of 21st century education, to develop legislative recommendations regarding the state's policies on literacy education for birth through 3rd grade with...

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DESigned into law 06/2012P-12Kindergarten Readiness Assessment
H.B. 317
Provides that the Department of Education establish a statewide readiness tool that will review a child's readiness for learning when they enter kindergarten. The tool will be phased in starting in Fall 2012 with statewide implementation no later than Fall 201...

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HIAdopted 06/2012P-12Research on the Correlation Between Late-Born Children and Educational Outcomes
S.C.R. 80
Requests that the department of education conduct research on the correlation between children who are late-born (born after August 1) and educational outcomes. Resolves the report on the research conducted may include the raw numbers and percentages of dropou...

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ILAdopted 06/2012P-12Kindergarten Readiness Survey Implementation, "K" in State Standards
23 IL ADC 1.420; 23 IL ADC 1.APP. D
From Illinois Register: This rulemaking resulted from the State Board of Education's application for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) for a Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) grant to design and implement ...

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IASigned into law 05/2012P-12Kindergarten Requirement
S.F. 2284 - Division XIII
This section requires that a student who is enrolled in a district and is age 5 by 9/15 be considered of compulsory attendance age unless the parent files in writing an intent to remove the child from school. http://coolice.legis.state.ia.us/linc/84/external/g...

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TNSigned into law 05/2012P-12Kindergarten Age
H.B. 2566
Sets kindergarten entrance age. Children entering kindergarten shall be five years of age on or before August 31 for the 2013-2014 school year and on or before August 15 for all school years thereafter.
http://state.tn.us/sos/acts/107/pub/pc0991.pdf...

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ILAdopted 05/2012P-12Early Childhood Block Grant
23 IL ADC 235.20, 30, 40, 45, 50, 60, 70; 23 IL ADC 235.APP. A, B, C
From Illinois Register: This rulemaking resulted from the state board's application for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) to design and implement early learning and development systems that are comprehensive in scope and c...

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COSigned into law 05/2012P-12Early Literacy Assessment Tool
H.B. 1345 (sec. 7)
Requires the education department to issue request for proposals for the purchase of an early literacy assessment tool that teachers may use to obtain real-time assessments of the reading skill levels of K-3 students, and, based on the results, create interven...

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GASigned into law 04/2012P-12Age for Kindergarten or First Grade Entry for Children Moving from Abroad
H.B. 706 - Age for Kindergarten or First Grade Entry for Children Moving from Abroad
Clarifies that provisions for child's entry into kindergarten and 1st grade for a child who was a legal resident of one or more states two years immediately prior to moving to Georgia also apply to children residing in one or more countries two years immediate...

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KYSigned into law 04/2012P-12School Entrance and Lower Compusory School Ages
S.B. 24
Amends school entrance ages and compulsory school ages. Effective with the 2017-18 school year, kindergarten entrance age is 5 by August 1 and lower compulsory school age is 6 by August 1 (previous date for both was October 1). Directs local boards to adopt po...

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UTSigned into law 03/2012P-12Enhanced Kindergarten Program for At-Risk Students
H.B. 513
Creates an early intervention program to provide funds for applicant school districts and charter schools to offer an enhanced kindergarten program targeted to at-risk students, focused on building age-appropriate literacy and numeracy skills using an evidence...

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WASigned into law 03/2012P-12Statewide Implementation of the Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills
H.B. 2586
Requires the Washington kindergarten inventory of developing skills, beginning in the 2012-2013 school year and to the extent funds are available, to be administered at the beginning of the school year to all students enrolled in state-funded full-day kinderga...

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SDSigned into law 03/2012P-12Fee for Early Childhood Services
H.B. 1195
Permits schools to charge a fee for early childhood services for any child who is under the age of compulsory attendance pursuant to 13-27-1 and is not enrolled in kindergarten or a more advanced grade. http://legis.state.sd.us/sessions/2012/Bills/HB1195ENR....

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OHIssued 10/2011P-12Early Education
Executive Order 2011-21K
Creates the position of Early Education and Development Officer ("Officer") within the Governor's Office of 21st Century Education. Directs the Officer to work through and in conjunction with existing state agencies to (1) Define and measure kindergarten readi...

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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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ORSigned into law 07/2011P-12
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Early Learning Council within the Oregon Education Investment Board
S.B. 909 - Early Learning Council Section
Section 4 of this bill establishes the Early Learning Council (ELC) and ELC purposes. Specifies membership. Requires that moneys in the Oregon Education Investment Fund in the State Treasury be used for the purpose of funding the duties of the board related to...

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ORSigned into law 06/2011P-12Kindergarten
S.B. 248
Statutes regarding the provision of half-day and supplemental kindergarten are scheduled to sunset with the 2011-2012 school year. S.B. 248 extends the applicability of law that requires school districts to offer half-day kindergarten and allows school distric...

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LASigned into law 06/2011P-12School Readiness Assessments
H.B. 100
Amends and reenacts existing statute relative to school readiness assessment. Provides relative to school readiness tests, inlcuding the selection, type, and content. Addresses the reporting of the results and implementation.
http://www.legis.state.la.us/billd...

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FLSigned into law 06/2011P-12Voluntary Prekindergarten Program
H.B. 1255 - Sec. 12
Revises requirements for a good cause exemption for a Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) Program provider who fails to meet minimum student readiness rates for kindergarten. Eliminates the cap on the percentage of VPK providers who may fail to meet student readin...

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OKSigned into law 05/2011P-12Delays Requirement that Districts Offer Full-Day Kindergarten
S.B. 260
The measure delays the requirement for the requirement for districts to provide full-day, free kindergarten until the 2013-14 school year. http://webserver1.lsb.state.ok.us/cf/2011-12%20ENR/SB/SB260%20ENR.DOC...

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NDSigned into law 05/2011P-12Kindergarten
S.B. 2150 - Multiple Provisions
Requires each board to provide at least a half-day kindergarten program for any student enrolled in the district or pay the tuition required for the student to attend a kindergarten program in another school district. Requires a kindergarten instructional cale...

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AZSigned into law 04/2011P-12Kindergarten
S.B. 1256--Kindergarten Finance
Arizona Revised Statute 15-821 is clarified. If a child who has not reached the age of five before September 1 of the current school year is admitted to kindergarten but withdraws and re-enroll the following year allows state age to be apportioned between the ...

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OHSigned into law 03/2011P-12All-Day Kindergarten
H.B. 30 - All-Day Kindergarten
Repeals provision requiring districts to provide all-day kindergarten to all students beginning in fiscal year 2011. Permits a district that did not receive for fiscal year 2009 poverty-based assistance for all-day kindergarten to charge tuition or fees for st...

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NDSigned into law 03/2011P-12Readiness Testing and Formative Assessments
H.B. 1273
Allows districts to conduct readiness testing and formative assessments of incoming kindergarten students (within the regular school calendar or before the regular school calendar). Requires districts to provide to the parents of each incoming kindergarten stu...

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NDSigned into law 03/2011P-12Kindergarten Entrance
H.B. 1436
Allows exceptions to the kindergarten enrollment cut-off date (age 5 by August 1) unless the child will be 5 by Dec. 1 and can demonstrate, by means of developmental and readiness screening instruments approved by the superintendent of public instruction and a...

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MSSigned into law 03/2011P-12Study of Earlier Kindergarten Entrance
H.B. 619
Directs the department of education to conduct a survey of public school districts to determine the feasibility of enrolling children in public school kindergarten who attain five years of age on July 1, as opposed to September 1. Requires that a report of the...

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CASigned into law 09/2010P-12Kindergarten Entrance Age
S.B. 1381
Changes the required birthday for admission to kindergarten and first grade to November 1 for the 2012–13 school year, October 1 for the 2013–14 school year, and September 1 for the 2014–15 school year and each school year thereafter. Requires a child whose ad...

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HISigned into law 06/2010P-12Kindergarten Entrance Age and Junior Kindergarten Program
S.B. 2068
Amends kindergarten entrance age; provides that beginning with the 2013-14 school year, a child who is at least 5 on the first day of kindergarten may attend a public school kindergarten. Directs the department of education and the early learning council to jo...

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NESigned into law 03/2010P-12Kindergarten Entrance
L.B. 1006
Children are eligible for kindergarten if they are 5 years old by July 31, beginning with the 2012-13 school year. Previously, the cutoff date was Oct. 15. The bill includes an exception for children who turn 5 between Aug. 1 and Oct. 15 if they perform adequa...

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GAAdopted 12/2008P-12State Assessments
GAC 160-3-1-.07
Eliminates reference to Georgia Kindergarten Assessment Program - Revised (GKAP-R). Provides all kindergarten students must be assessed using the Georgia Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (GKIDS). Eliminates provisions that all students at grades 3, ...

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NHSigned into law 07/2008P-12Kindergarten Construction Aid Program
S.B. 530
Extends the kindergarten construction aid program until all school districts operate a kindergarten program; allows a school district to elect a construction grant to be applied to the costs of a kindergarten facility; provides classroom transition grants to e...

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GAAdopted 09/2007P-12Student Assessment Programs
GAC 160-3-1-.07
Adds language regarding the Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State to State for English Language Learners (ACCESS for ELLs), an English language proficiency test administered annually to all English language learners (ELLs) to determine stu...

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HIVetoed 07/2007P-12Prekindergarten and Kindergarten
S.B. 613
Directs the department to encourage inclusionary prekindergarten and kindergarten classes of both special education eligible and general education students, including consideration of the following options:
(1) Special education eligible preschool children ma...

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HISigned into law 07/2004P-12Two-tier Kindergarten Program and Kindergarten Entrance Age
S.B. 17
Establishes a junior kindergarten and kindergarten program in the department of education; establishes a pilot program for the 2005-2006 school year; requires the establishment of the program in all public elementary schools beginning with the 2006-2007 school...

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CASigned into law 08/2003P-12
Postsec.
Community College
Education Finance
A.B. 1754
Relates to reimburse rates under the Child Care and Development Services Act, revenue limits for school districts and county superintendents of schools for 2003-04 and 2004-05 fiscal years, school district's school building maintenance account, school district...

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ARSigned into law 04/2003P-12Quality Education Act of 2003 - Accountability and Assessment
H.B. 2697 (Omnibus Bill)
Amends 6-15-402 - 6-15-406. Creates the Arkansas Comprehensive Testing, Assessment, and Accountability Program Act; including requiring the State Board of Education to establish standards defining what students should know in content areas and a system for ...

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ARSigned into law 04/2001P-12Children Entering Kindergarten
H.B. 2195
Requires the Department of Education to develop and conduct readiness testing for children who are entering kindergarten....

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NHSigned into law 06/2000P-12Alternative Kindergarten Programs
H.B. 1188
Relates to the establishment of an alternative kindergarten program within a school district; provides that school districts operating an approved alternative kindergarten program shall be eligible to receive adequate education grant distributions; provides fo...

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