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From the ECS State Policy Database
Postsecondary Participation--Admissions/Coursework Requirements


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State Status/Date Level Summary
CASigned into law 09/2014Postsec.Model Academic Standards in ELA and Math for Postsecondary Admission
S.B. 1200
From bill summary: Expresses legislative intent that the University of California and the California State University align their respective model academic standards for high school courses in language arts and mathematics, for purposes of recognition for admi...

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LASigned into law 06/2014Postsec.Common Application for Public Colleges and Universities
S.B. 62
Directs the board of regents, in collaboration with the public postsecondary education management boards and legislative leaders, to develop and implement a common application for all public postsecondary institutions in the state, to allow a student to comple...

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LAPassed 05/2013Postsec.Postsecondary Common Application for Admissions
S.R. 59
Requests the board of regents to study the feasibility of requiring the state's public colleges and universities to use the Common Application as part of the admission process. http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/ViewDocument.aspx?d=847259&n=SR59%20Enrolled ...

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CAVetoed 10/2011Community College
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Enrollment of Previously Expelled Community College Student
A.B. 288
From bill summary: Authorizes the governing board of a community college district to either deny enrollment, permit enrollment or permit conditional enrollment to any individual who has been expelled from a
community college within the preceding 5 years, or wh...

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CASigned into law 08/2011Postsec.Appeal Procedures for Denial of Admission to CSU
A.B. 670
From bill summary: Require the trustees of the California State University to ensure that campuses meet specific requirements with respect to appeal procedures for a denial of admission. http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/11-12/bill/asm/ab_0651-0700/ab_670_bill_201...

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CASigned into law 08/2011Postsec.Private Postsecondary Education
A.B. 1013
Provides that if the U.S. Department of Education does not have a relevant exam for an ability-to-benefit student (i.e., a student without a high school diploma or equivalent) to take before an enrollment agreement is executed with a private postsecondary inst...

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PAAdopted 07/2011Postsec.
Community College
Postsecondary Access in Rural Communities
S.R. 147
A Resolution directing the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee to examine the Commonwealth's programs for post-secondary education in Commonwealth rural communities and to make recommendations for improving the delivery of open admissions and affordable, ...

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ARSigned into law 03/2011Postsec.
Community College
Minimum Admissions Standards
H.B. 2050
Beginning with the 2012-13 academic year, using one of the federally approved ability to benefit assessments, authorizes use of reassessment of a student's ability to benefit who scores below 15 on an ACT or below a comparable score on a comparable exam

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CAVetoed 09/2010Postsec.Consideration of Certain Factors in Student Admissions
A.B. 2047
From bill analysis: Authorizes the University of California (UC) and the California State University (CSU) to consider geographic origin and household income, along with other relevant factors, in undergraduate and graduate admissions. Also authorizes the Univ...

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CASigned into law 09/2010Postsec.Public Involvement in and Notification of Changes to Admissions Requirements
A.B. 2402
From bill analysis: Requires that, before adopting a change in admissions criteria that affects applicants residing within the local service area (LSA) of a California State University (CSU) campus (including changes to transfer requirements and determinations...

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UTSigned into law 03/2010P-12
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Money-Saving Measures
H.B. 166
Section 1: Directs the state board, by December 31, 2010, to review mandates provided for in administrative rule, to determine whether some could be waived to remove funding pressures on public schools temporarily.

Sections 2-4: Eliminates the requirement to...

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ILSigned into law 12/2009P-12
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American Sign Language Courses
H.B. 725
Encourages school boards to include American Sign Language courses in schools' foreign language curricula. Provides that the foreign language admission requirements for public universities may be fulfilled by completion of American Sign Language coursework. Al...

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TXAdopted 11/2009Postsec.Top 10% Automatic Admissions Policy
19 TAC 1.5.A.5.5
Adopts rules expanding upon 2007 H.B. 3826 (80th Texas Legislature), amending provisions for students admitted to public universities under the top 10% rule. Specifies that from the 2011-12 academic year through the 2015-16 academic year, the University of Tex...

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CAVetoed 10/2009Community College
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Community College Enrollment for Previously Expelled Students
A.B. 1400
Authorizes the governing board of a community college district to either deny enrollment, permit enrollment or permit conditional enrollment to any individual who has been expelled from a community college within the preceding 10 years for certain offenses, or...

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CASigned into law 10/2009P-12
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CTE Courses as Electives for CSU Admissions Requirements
S.B. 147
Requires the trustees of the California State University to develop and implement a procedure for allowing a student to satisfy the completion of a general elective course requirement for the purposes of admission to the university by completing a high school ...

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ILSigned into law 08/2009P-12
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Repeals Minimum Age for Postsecondary Admission
S.B. 263
Removes a provision that prohibits a student from being admitted to instruction in any of the departments of the university who has not attained the age of 15 years and who has not previously undergone a satisfactory examination in each of the branches ordinar...

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TXSigned into law 06/2009P-12
Community College
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Admissions Requirements
H.B. 2424
Exempts Lamar State College--Orange and Lamar State College--Port Arthur from the requirement that an applicant for admission to a general academic teaching institution complete the recommended or advanced high school curriculum. http://www.legis.state.tx.us/t...

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TXSigned into law 06/2009P-12
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GPA and University Admissions
H.B. 3- Section 31
Amends Section 28.0252, authorizing the commissioner of education to develop a standard method of calculating student grade point average (GPA), including weights for advanced courses. Eliminates provision that if a conflict arises between that method and the ...

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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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Automatic Admission of Applicants Completing Core Curriculum at Another Institution
S.B. 175 - Section 2
Requires a general academic teaching institution to admit any applicant for admission as a transfer undergraduate student who (1) graduated from high school no more than four years earlier and who either was qualified for automatic admission by virtue of being...

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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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ILIssued 06/2009Postsec.Executive Order 912
Admissions Review Commission
Creates an Admissions Review Commission. Directs the commission to:
--Examine and evaluate the standards and criteria used to evaluate applicants for admission
--Examine and evaluate any practices and policies, and the impact thereof, of affording applicants ...

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KSSigned into law 03/2009Postsec.Admissions
H.B. 2197
Concerns state educational institutions; provides that regents may adopt rules and regulations for the admision of students; provides that residents who have graduated from a non-accredited private secondary school and who are seeking admission to a state educ...

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NESigned into law 03/2009Postsec.
Community College
Definition of High School Graduate
L.B. 102
Provides a definition of high school graduate for purposes of postsecondary financial aid and admission to postsecondary institutions. Provides a student is a high school graduate if he or she has obtained an associate of arts degree or an associate of science...

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KYSigned into law 04/2008P-12
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STEM
S.B. 2
Defines "Advanced science and mathematics" as Advanced Placement (AP) biology, calculus, chemistry, computer science, environmental science, and physics, and International Baccalaureate (IB) biology, chemistry, computer science, environmental systems, mathemat...

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ORSigned into law 03/2008P-12
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Adminstration of 10th Grade Assessment
H.B. 3600A
For the purpose of administering an assessment to students in grade 10 (PSAT), a school district may request that the Department of Education grant a waiver to the district that allows the district to use an entity other than the entity selected by the departm...

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SDSigned into law 02/2008P-12
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College entrance exams
H.B. 1186
Revises eligibility requirements for the opportunity scholarship by allowing a student to take the ACT or SAT test after graduating from high school.
http://legis.state.sd.us/sessions/2008/Bills/HB1186ENR.htm...

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ILSigned into law 11/2007P-12
Community College
Postsec.
College and Career Readiness Pilot Program
S.B. 858
Requires the state community college board to create a 3-year college and career readiness pilot program, beginning with the high school class of 2008, to meet the following goals:
(1) To diagnose college readiness by developing a system to align ACT scores t...

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ORSigned into law 07/2007P-12
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Abolishes Certificates of Initial Master and Advanced Mastery, Adds/Modifies Assessments
H.B. 2263C - Certificates of Mastery and State Assessments
Abolishes Certificate of Initial Mastery and Certificate of Advanced Mastery. From the staff summary: The Certificate of Initial Mastery (CIM) and Certificate of Advanced Mastery (CAM) were originally included in the Oregon Educational Act for the 21st Century...

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TXSigned into law 06/2007P-12
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Grade Point Calculation
H.B. 3851
Requires the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) to adopt rules establishing a standard method for computing a student's high school grade point average in a certain manner. The bill also requires the annual report each general academic teaching ...

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TXSigned into law 06/2007Postsec.Admission of Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class
H.B. 3826
Existing law requires general academic teaching institutions to automatically admit students who graduate in the top 10% of their high school class. New provision specifies that such students must have completed (1) the recommended or advanced high school prog...

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VASigned into law 03/2007Postsec.
Community College
Military Survivors and Dependents Education Program
H.B. 2179
Revises the Virginia Military Survivors and Dependents Education Program to clarify that qualified survivors and dependents shall be admitted to any public institution of higher education or other public accredited postsecondary institution of higher education...

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IDAdopted 01/2007P-12
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Graduation Requirements and Advanced Opportunities
IDAPA 08.02.03
Increases total number of credits required for high school graduation to 46 credits (23 Carnegie units) starting with the 2013 graduating class. Increases math requirements to 3 units and science requirements to 3 units. Requires students to take the ACT, SAT,...

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OHSigned into law 12/2006P-12
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Dual/Concurrent Enrollment
S.B. 311-- Sec. 3301.42 +
This section requires the partnership for continued learning to make recommendations for increasing opportunities for students to earn higher education credit on their high school campuses; for expanding school counseling career and educational programs, acces...

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OHSigned into law 12/2006P-12
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Admissions and Remediation
S.B. 311 -- Sec. 3345.06
Beginning with the 2014-2015 academic year, each state university listed in section 3345.011 of the Revised Code, except for Central state university, Shawnee state university, and Youngstown state university, is to permit a resident of this state who entered ...

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LAAdopted 10/2006P-12
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ACT/SAT Scores for Teacher Certification
LAC 28:CXXXI.243
Allows prospective teachers to use ACT composite score of 22 or SAT combined verbal and math score of 1030 as alternative to taking PRAXIS I PPST exams. Pages 52-55 of 133: http://www.doa.louisiana.gov/osr/reg/0610/0610RUL.pdf...

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IASigned into law 05/2006P-12
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College Admissions Requirements
H.B. 2395
Directs the board of regents to conduct a study of the admissions requirements common to the state universities. Requires the board to report its findings and recommendations to the senate and house education committees by January 8, 2007.
http://coolice.legis...

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TNSigned into law 05/2006Postsec.In-state Resident Admissions Preference
H.B. 3262; S.B. 3383
Requires state institutions of higher education to give preference in admissions to Tennessee residents over equally qualified out-of-state applicants.
http://www.legislature.state.tn.us/bills/currentga/BILL/HB3262.pdf...

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VTSigned into law 05/2006P-12
Postsec.
SAT or ACT as High School Assessment
H.B. 867 - Section 20 (g)
Directs the commissioner of education to consult with high school principals and other appropriate people to consider whether the SAT or ACT should be used to assess student academic progress in the high school grades.  Requires the commissioner to report on o...

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TNSigned into law 05/2006P-12
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At-Risk Student After School Programs
S.B. 3113; H.B. 3249
Concerns Lottery, Scholarships and Programs; creates pilot after school program for at-risk students to prepare for ACT and SAT examinations funded by net state lottery proceeds. Public Chaptered. Chapter No. 685
http://www.legislature.state.tn.us/bills/curren...

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FLSigned into law 05/2006P-12
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High School Achievement Tests
H.B. 7087 (Section 40)
The State Board of Education must analyze the content and concordant data sets for widely used high school achievement tests, including, but not limited to, the PSAT, PLAN, SAT, ACT, and College Placement Test, to assess if concordant scores for FCAT scores ca...

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KYSigned into law 04/2006P-12
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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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WYSigned into law 03/2006P-12
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College Entrance Test or Job Skills Test for all 11th Graders
Act 59
Effective school year 2006-2007 and each requires the state Commissioner to establish a program of administering a standardized, curriculum based, achievement college entrance examination and a job skills assessment test selected by the state superintendent to...

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NCSigned into law 06/2005P-12
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Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT)
H.B. 403
AN ACT to amend the law regarding the purchase of the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) for the public schools.

http://www.ncleg.net/Sessions/2005/Bills/House/HTML/H403v2.html...

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HISigned into law 06/2005P-12
Postsec.
Deployment of Hawaii Based Military Members
S.B. 1394
The purpose of this Act is for schools whose student population includes at least twenty per cent or one hundred students from military families as determined by the department of education to provide for the following:
(1) Additional staff;
(2) Child care ser...

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TXSigned into law 05/2005Postsec.
Community College
Common Application Forms
S.B. 502
Expands use of common application form to community colleges. From bill analysis: The Common Application Advisory Committee, convened by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (board), has successfully created and launched a common admissions applicatio...

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TXSigned into law 05/2005Postsec.
H.B. 1170
An institution of higher education shall consider, in determining whether to award to a student course credit toward a
degree offered by the institution for the student's completion of certain military training: (1) any official military record presented to ...

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INSigned into law 04/2005P-12
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Core 40 Curriculum
S.B. 200
Beginning with the 2010-2011 school year, requires, with certain exceptions, a student to complete the Core 40 curriculum in order to graduate from high school. Beginning with the 2011-2012 academic year, requires, with certain exceptions, a student to have co...

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ARSigned into law 04/2005P-12
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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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ARSigned into law 03/2005Postsec.Medically Underserved Areas Health Care Career Aid
H.B. 1735
Provides for additional consideration in college admissions for individuals from medically underserved areas who are interested in pursuing a nursing or other health care career....

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WVRule Adoption 01/2005Postsec.
Community College
Undergraduate Admissions
Title 135, Series 23
Establishes new rules relating to standards and procedures for undergraduate admissions at community and technical colleges. WEST VIRGINIA REG 4560 (SN)...

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CAVetoed 09/2004Postsec.Public Postsecondary Education: Admissions Policy
A.B. 2387
Authorizes the University of California and the California State University to consider culture, race, gender, ethnicity, national origin, geographic origin, and household income, in undergraduate and graduate admissions, so long as no preference is given, if ...

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NYVetoed 09/2004Postsec.Student Admission Minimum Standardized Test Score
A.B. 7143
Precludes the use of a minimum standardized test cut-off score for student admission to or rejection by the State University of New York and City University of New York; permits overall assessment of student qualifications for admission, including consideratio...

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CASigned into law, with line items vetoed 08/2004P-12
Postsec.
Community College
Education Finance
S.B. 1108
Relates to revenue limit calculation factors for school districts and county superintendents of schools for specified fiscal years. Relates to apportionments and minimum funding to school districts and community college districts, funding for the Deaf and Disa...

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IAIssued 08/2004P-12
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Community College
IOWA LEARNS COUNCIL
Executive Order No. 30 - 2003
Creates the IOWA LEARNS COUNCIL. The Iowa Learns Council shall work towards the ambitious goal of 90% of Iowa children having a quality pre-school experience, and 90% of Iowa high school graduates will go on to complete at least two years of college; shall pro...

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LASigned into law 06/2004P-12
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College Admissions
H.B. 177
Beginning with the 2004-2005 academic year, exempts out-of-state persons (1) seeking admission to any college or university in the Louisiana Community and Technical College System, or (2) who is seeking Louisiana public college or university admission and meet...

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IAAdopted 06/2004Postsec.Admission Rules
681 IAC 1.1, 1.2, 2.27
Amends admission rules common to the three State Universities and supplemental specific rules for each institution. Eliminates references to specific amounts for admission fees....

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FLSigned by Governor 05/2004P-12
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Accelerated High School Graduation, High Stakes Testing, Reading Deficiencies
S.B. 364
Revises course requirements in college & career preparatory accelerated high school graduation program; amends requirements for grade point average that must be earned; establishes requirements for selection of accelerated graduation options; authorizes SAT & ...

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CASigned into law 10/2003P-12
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Curriculum: Foreign Languages
S.B. 5
Requires the department of education, by June 1, 2009, to adopt content standards for teaching foreign languages in grades K-12 pursuant to recommendations developed by the superintendent of public instruction. Provides these standards are intended to guide s...

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CASigned into law 09/2003Postsec.Public Postsecondary Education: Cross-Enrollment
A.B. 1783
Extends indefinitely a provision of the Donahoe Act permitting students of community colleges or state universities enrollment, at the discretion and availability of the respective campus, in either of the one course segments. Authorizes a host campus to charg...

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CASigned into law 09/2003P-12
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Grade Point Average
S.B. 801
Repeals the provision that prohibits a school district from assigning extra grade weighting to a course that covers a subject required for admission to the University of California or the California State University unless the University of California approves...

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ILSigned into law 07/2003Postsec.False Academic Degrees
H.B. 1448
Provides it is unlawful for a person to knowingly manufacture or produce a false academic degree or for a person to knowingly use a false academic degree for the purpose of obtaining employment or admission to an Illinois institution of higher learning or admi...

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COSigned into law 06/2003Postsec.Selective Service Registration
S.B. 255
Concerns provisions relating to selective service registration as a prerequisite for enrolling at a state supported institution of higher education. http://www.leg.state.co.us/2003a/inetcbill.nsf/fsbillcont/6B883B08F7BCF89487256CC40063E431?Open&file=255_enr.pd...

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COSigned into law 06/2003Postsec.Higher Education Institutions' Role and Mission
S.B. 304
Concerns provisions governing the operations of state-supported institutions of higher education, including the institutions' missions, admissions' standards and degrees offered. http://www.leg.state.co.us/2003a/inetcbill.nsf/fsbillcont/EF9D291339411D6387256CA...

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TXSigned into law 06/2003Postsec.Institutions of Higher Education
H.B. 944
Prohibits institutions of higher education from discriminating against students with a nontraditional secondary education" (home-schooled or who attended a nonaccredited private school). http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/cgi-bin/tlo/textframe.cmd?LEG=78&SESS=R&...

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FLSigned into law 04/2003P-12
Postsec.
Community College
Special Education Students
H.B. 1739
Deletes requirement that the high school life management skills course be taken at specific grade levels; requires certain test accommodations and modifications of procedures for students with disabilities; requires award of a standard diploma to a student wit...

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COSigned into law 04/2003Postsec.International Baccalaureate Diploma Students
H.B. 1108
Concerns a standard policy for accepting international baccalaureate diploma students in Colorado institutions of higher education. http://www.state.co.us/gov_dir/leg_dir/olls/sl2003a/sl_153.htm...

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AZSigned into law 05/2002P-12
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School Admissions Requirements
H.B. 2096
Modifies school admission requirements for students in small, isolated school district as defined in section 15-901. http://www.azleg.state.az.us/legtext/45leg/2r/laws/0286.htm...

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FLSigned into law 05/2002P-12
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Education Code Re-Write: Articulated Acceleration Mechanisms
S.B. 20E
Adds subsection relating to Advanced International Certificate of Education Program (AICE); sets out that public secondary school students are exempt from payment of Advanced Placement exam fees, regardless of whether or not they obtain a passing score on the ...

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MDSigned into law 05/2002P-12
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PSAT for 10th-Graders
H.B. 661
Requires the department to distribute grants in qualified distressed counties for the administration of the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test to 10th-graders in FY03 and 04, and to each county in FY05 and each subsequent fiscal year. Subject to availability...

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MDSigned into law 05/2002P-12
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Need-Based Financial Aid Programs for Undergraduate and Professional Degrees; College Readiness Mentoring Program; PSAT for 10th-Graders, K-16 Leadership Council, Middle School Teacher Certificate
S.B. 453
Requires the department to distribute a grant in specified amounts to distressed counties in FY 03 and 04 and to all counties in FY05 and subsequent years for the administration of the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test to 10th-graders. Funding should be su...

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SDTo governor 02/2002P-12
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Admission Requirements Revision
S.B. 17
Revises provisions regarding public university admission requirements for foreign language instruction; deletes the exception for high school students foreign language admission requirement....

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CAChaptered by Secretary of State 10/2001Postsec.
Community College
Study of admissions/attrition rates for associate degree in nursing
S.B. 664
Chapter No.443, Requires the Postsecondary Education Commission to conduct, or contract to conduct, a review and analysis of community college districts' admission procedures and attrition rates for their 2-years associate degree nursing programs. Requires a r...

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CASigned into law 09/2001Postsec.Reports from the Postsecondary Education Commission
A.B. 1721
Requires the Postsecondary Education Commission, in carrying out its duty as the statewide postsecondary education planning and coordinating agency and adviser to the Legislature and the Governor, to conduct a study periodically of the percentages of Californi...

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NCSigned into law 07/2001Postsec.
Community College
Measures for Admissions, Placement
H.B. 1246
Directs the board of governors of the University of North Carolina, in cooperation with the state board of education and the state board of community colleges, to study the measures used for admissions, placement, and advanced placement decisions by the consti...

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TXSigned into law 06/2001Postsec.Graduate and Professional Program Admissions
H.B. 1641
Revises admissions standards for graduate and professional programs. One portion states that an applicant's performance on a standardized test may not be used in the admissions or competitive scholarship process for a graduate or professional program as the s...

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VASigned into law 02/2001P-12Using Accreditation as Factor for Admission
H.B. 2144
Provides that the failure of a Virginia public high school to achieve full accreditation shall not be the sole criterion for denial of admission and enrollment of a student graduating from such high school to a public institution of higher education in Virgini...

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ALSigned into law 05/2000P-12
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Tutoring Services for SAT
S.B. 169
Relates to Stanford Achievement Tests (SAT) given to students in public schools as required by the State Department of Education; provides for tutoring services for reading and other subjects in which a student scores or is assessed at a below average range....

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