SECOND REGULAR SESSION
HOUSE BILL NO. 2037
97TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY
INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVES LAUER (Sponsor), TORPEY, PFAUTSCH, MCCAHERTY, MAYFIELD, CROSS, LAIR, LYNCH, ANDERS, RUNIONS, MIMS, KOLKMEYER, PIKE, SHULL, DUGGER, GATSCHENBERGER, DIEHL, MONTECILLO, THOMSON, ROWLAND, FITZWATER, REDMON, HAEFNER, RICHARDSON, MILLER, WOOD, BURNS, MCDONALD, SCHIEFFER, ROORDA, FRAKER, BROWN, GANNON, HAMPTON, HARRIS, CONWAY (10), LANT, WALKER, REIBOLDT, WIELAND, ENGLER, SPENCER, SOMMER, JOHNSON, ENTLICHER, JUSTUS, FRANKLIN, MUNTZEL, HICKS, ZERR, MOLENDORP, PHILLIPS, DOHRMAN, AUSTIN, HOUGHTON, MORRIS, REHDER, MCGAUGH, MESSENGER, HAAHR, GRISAMORE, DAVIS, ENGLISH, HOSKINS, LICHTENEGGER, SWAN, SHUMAKE, NEELY, BUTLER, ENGLUND, RIZZO, MCMANUS, WHITE AND FREDERICK (Co-sponsors).
6135L.01I D. ADAM CRUMBLISS, Chief Clerk
To amend chapters 160 and 162, RSMo, by adding thereto two new sections relating to school accreditation.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the state of Missouri, as follows:
Section A. Chapters 160 and 162, RSMo, are amended by adding thereto two new sections, to be known as sections 160.721 and 162.082, to read as follows:
160.721. 1. Each year, when annual performance reports become available and before the state board of education makes any changes in accreditation, the state board of education shall appoint a team to conduct a complete performance analysis of any district whose annual performance report score is consistent with provisionally accredited or unaccredited status to determine the factors that have contributed to the lack of student achievement. The analysis shall look at the effectiveness of programs within the district, including but not limited to curriculum, data management, community involvement, professional development, district contracts, and financial management. The team shall include an experienced teacher and an experienced administrator from successful school districts of comparable size and per-pupil funding. The size of the audit team shall be based upon the size of the school to be audited. The audit team shall report its findings to the state board of education and the local board of education. The state board may require all or part of those findings to be addressed in the comprehensive school improvement plan required under this section or performance contracts with the district as defined in section 162.082.
2. The board of education of any district whose annual performance report score is consistent with provisionally accredited or unaccredited status shall submit a comprehensive school improvement plan that provides for the following:
(1) Identification of the areas of academic deficiency in student performance on the statewide assessment established under section 160.518 by disaggregating scores based upon school, grade, academic content area and student demographic subgroups, which shall include but shall not be limited to race, ethnicity, disability status, migrant status, limited English proficiency, and economic disadvantage;
(2) Implementation of research-based strategies to assist the district in addressing the areas of deficiency;
(3) Alignment of the district's curriculum to address deficiencies in student achievement; and
(4) Reallocation of district resources to address the causes of the academic deficiency.
3. Comprehensive school improvement plans shall be evaluated based upon standards established under subsection 2 of this section and upon the following time lines:
(1) The comprehensive school improvement plan shall be submitted to the department of elementary and secondary education on or before August fifteenth following any school year in which a school district building achieves an annual performance report score that is consistent with provisionally accredited or unaccredited status;
(2) The department of elementary and secondary education shall review and identify areas of concern in the plan within sixty days of receipt; and
(3) The district shall forward any changes to the department of elementary and secondary education within sixty days of notice to the district of the areas of concern.
4. The department of elementary and secondary education shall withhold funds authorized in section 163.031 from any school district that fails to submit a comprehensive school improvement plan based upon the standards and time lines established in this section. Withheld funds shall be released upon submission of a comprehensive school improvement plan that meets the established requirements.
5. The effectiveness of the school district in implementing the comprehensive school improvement plan required under this section shall be considered by the state board of education in the school district's accreditation granted under section 161.092.
6. Any rule or portion of a rule, as that term is defined in section 536.010, that is created under the authority delegated in this section shall become effective only if it complies with and is subject to all of the provisions of chapter 536 and, if applicable, section 536.028. This section and chapter 536 are nonseverable and if any of the powers vested with the general assembly pursuant to chapter 536 to review, to delay the effective date, or to disapprove and annul a rule are subsequently held unconstitutional, then the grant of rulemaking authority and any rule proposed or adopted after August 28, 2014, shall be invalid and void.
162.082. 1. School boards in school districts whose annual performance report score is consistent with provisionally accredited or unaccredited status shall immediately enter into a contract with the state board of education to commit to certain interventions for each school building whose annual performance report score is consistent with provisionally accredited or unaccredited status; however, upon mutual agreement of the local school board and the state board, a school whose grade configuration, curriculum, or student assignments are deemed to make the annual performance report score an inaccurate indicator of the need for such a contract shall be exempt from this section.
2. When a contract is executed, the state board of education shall not accredit such district at a level below provisionally accredited for the term of the contract. Such contract shall require intensive professional development for all board members, administrators, and teachers. When the state board of education deems it necessary, the contract shall include provisions requiring the school district to engage community partners to support school improvement projects within thirty days of the contract execution, or the contract shall be null and void.