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H.R. 2300 (ih) To allow a State to combine certain funds to improve the academic achievement of all its students. [Introduced in House] ...
106th CONGRESS 1st Session H. R. 2300 _______________________________________________________________________ AN ACT To allow a State to combine certain funds to improve the academic achievement of all its students. 106th CONGRESS 1st Session H. R. 2300 _______________________________________________________________________ AN ACT To allow a State to combine certain funds to improve the academic achievement of all its students. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the ``Academic Achievement for All Act (Straight A's Act)''. SEC. 2. PURPOSE. The purpose of this Act is to create options for States and communities-- (1) to improve the academic achievement of all students, and to focus the resources of the Federal Government upon such achievement; (2) to improve teacher quality and subject matter mastery, especially in math, reading, and science; (3) to empower parents and schools to effectively address the needs of their children and students; (4) to give States and communities maximum freedom in determining how to boost academic achievement and implement education reforms; (5) to eliminate Federal barriers to implementing effective State and local education programs; (6) to hold States and communities accountable for boosting the academic achievement of all students, especially disadvantaged children; and (7) to narrow achievement gaps between the lowest and highest performing groups of students so that no child is left behind. SEC. 3. PERFORMANCE AGREEMENT. (a) Program Authorized.--Not more than 10 States may, at their option, execute a performance agreement with the Secretary under which the provisions of law described in section 4(a) shall not apply to such State except as otherwise provided in this Act. (b) Local Input.--States shall provide parents, teachers, and local schools and districts notice and opportunity to comment on any proposed performance agreement prior to submission to the Secretary as provided under general State law notice and comment provisions. (c) Approval of Performance Agreement.--A performance agreement submitted to the Secretary under this section shall be considered as approved by the Secretary within 60 days after receipt of the performance agreement unless the Secretary provides a written determination to the State that the performance agreement fails to satisfy the requirements of this Act before the expiration of the 60- day period. (d) Terms of Performance Agreement.--Each performance agreement executed pursuant to this Act shall include the following provisions: (1) Term.--A statement that the term of the performance agreement shall be 5 years. (2) Application of program requirements.--A statement that no program requirements of any program included by the State in the performance agreement shall apply, except as otherwise provided in this Act. (3) List.--A list provided by the State of the programs that it wishes to include in the performance agreement. (4) Use of funds to improve student achievement.--A 5-year plan describing how the State intends to combine and use the funds from programs included in the performance agreement to advance the education priorities of the State, improve student achievement, and narrow achievement gaps between students. (5) Accountability requirements.--If a State includes any part of title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 in its performance agreement, the State shall include a certification that the State has done the following: (A)(i) developed and implemented the challenging State content standards, challenging State student performance standards, and aligned assessments described in section 1111(b) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965; or (ii) developed and implemented a system to measure the degree of change from one school year to the next in student performance; (B) developed and is implementing a statewide accountability system that has been or is reasonably expected to be effective in substantially increasing the numbers and percentages of all students who meet the State's proficient and advanced levels of performance; (C) established a system under which assessment information may be disaggregated within each State, local educational agency, and school by each major racial and ethnic group, gender, English proficiency status, migrant status, and by economically disadvantaged students as compared to students who are not economically disadvantaged (except that such disaggregation shall not be required in cases in which the number of students in any such group is insufficient to yield statistically reliable information or would reveal the identity of an individual student); (D) established specific, measurable, numerical performance objectives for student achievement, including a definition of performance considered to be proficient by the State on the academic assessment instruments described under subparagraph (A); (E) developed and implemented a statewide system for holding its local educational agencies and schools accountable for student performance that includes-- (i) a procedure for identifying local educational agencies and schools in need of improvement, using the assessments described under subparagraph (A); (ii) assisting and building capacity in local educational agencies and schools identified as in need of improvement to improve teaching and learning; and (iii) implementing corrective actions after no more than 3 years if the assistance and capacity building under clause (ii) is not effective. (6) Performance goals.-- (A) Student academic achievement.--Each State shall establish annual student performance goals for the 5- year term of the performance agreement that, at a minimum-- (i) establish a single high standard of performance for all students; (ii) take into account the progress of students from every local educational agency and school in the State; (iii) are based primarily on the State's challenging content and student performance standards and assessments described under paragraph (5)(A); (iv) include specific annual improvement goals in each subject and grade included in the State assessment system, which must include, at a minimum, reading or language arts and math; (v) compares the proportions of students at the ``basic'', ``proficient'', and ``advanced'' levels of performance (as defined by the State) with the proportions of students at each of the three levels in the same grade in the previous school year; (vi) includes annual numerical goals for improving the performance of each group specified in paragraph (5)(C) and narrowing gaps in performance between the highest and lowest performing students in accordance with section 10(b); and (vii) requires all students in the State to make substantial gains in achievement. (B) Additional indicators of performance.--A State may identify in the performance agreement any additional indicators of performance such as graduation, dropout, or attendance rates. (C) Consistency of performance measures.--A State shall maintain, at a minimum, the same level of challenging State student performance standards and assessments throughout the term of the performance agreement. (7) Fiscal responsibilities.--An assurance that the State will use fiscal control and fund accounting procedures that will ensure proper disbursement of, and accounting for, Federal funds paid to the State under this Act. (8) Civil rights.--An assurance that the State will meet the requirements of applicable Federal civil rights laws. (9) Private school participation.-- (A) Equitable participation.--An assurance that the State will provide for the equitable participation of students and professional staff in private schools. (B) Application of bypass.--An assurance that sections 14504, 14505, and 14506 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 8894, 8895, and 8896) shall apply to all services and assistance provided under this Act in the same manner as they apply to services and assistance provided in accordance with section 14503 of such Act. (10) State financial participation.--An assurance that the State will not reduce the level of spending of State funds for elementary and secondary education during the term of the performance agreement. (11) Annual report.--An assurance that not later than 1 year after the execution of the performance agreement, and annually thereafter, each State shall disseminate widely to parents and the general public, submit to the Secretary, distribute to print and broadcast media, and post on the Internet, a report that includes-- (A) student academic performance data, disaggregated as provided in paragraph (5)(C); and (B) a detailed description of how the State has used Federal funds to improve student academic performance and reduce achievement gaps to meet the terms of the performance agreement. (e) Special Rule.--If a State does not include any part of title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 in its performance agreement, the State shall-- (1) certify that it has developed a system to measure the academic performance of all students; and (2) establish challenging academic performance goals for such other programs using academic assessment data described in paragraph (5). (f) Amendment to Performance Agreement.--A State may submit an amendment to the performance agreement to the Secretary under the following circumstances: (1) Reduce scope of performance agreement.--Not later than 1 year after the execution of the performance agreement, a State may amend the performance agreement through a request to withdraw a program from such agreement. If the Secretary approves the amendment, the requirements of existing law shall apply for any program withdrawn from the performance agreement. (2) Expand scope of performance agreement.--Not later than 1 year after the execution of the performance agreement, a State may amend its performance agreement to include additional programs and performance indicators for which it will be held accountable. (3) Approval of Amendment.--An amendment submitted to the Secretary under this subsection shall be considered as approved by the Secretary within 60 days after receipt of the amendment unless the Secretary provides a written determination to the State that the performance agreement if amended by the amendment would fail to satisfy the requirements of this Act, before the expiration of the 60-day period. SEC. 4. ELIGIBLE PROGRAMS. (a) Eligible Programs.--The provisions of law referred to in section 3(a) except as otherwise provided in subsection (b), are as follows: (1) Part A of title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. (2) Part B of title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. (3) Part C of title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. (4) Part D of title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. (5) Part B of title II of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. (6) Section 3132 of title III of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. (7) Title IV of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. (8) Title VI of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. (9) Section 307 of the Department of Education Appropriation Act of 1999. (10) Comprehensive school reform programs as authorized under section 1502 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 and described on pages 96-99 of the Joint Explanatory Statement of the Committee of Conference included in House Report 105-390 (Conference Report on the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related
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