HB18-1019 (Foote) Kindergarten Through Twelfth Grade Accreditation Weighted Factors

Originally Posted: January 19, 2018
Last Updated: March 23, 2018

Summary

The bill requires the State Board of Education to create a weighted accreditation system that assigns greater value to high school graduation rates that are based on more rigorous coursework requirements. It also requires the State Board to compare school district performance based on school district size.

Position

The Children’s Campaign opposes this bill and will request amendments. We do not believe that the bill as introduced will accomplish the goal of setting a higher bar for graduation and getting more students to meet that bar. The bill gives extra weight to districts that require more rigorous course work (seat time), which runs counter to the direction towards competency-based graduation requirements that the state has been headed for many years. We also believe that forced rankings of districts within size bands could result in performance being artificially inflated or lowered and could create confusion for families trying to understand school quality.

Current Status

Passed the House Education Committee on a bipartisan vote of 10-3 and now heads to the Appropriations Committee

Previous Statuses


January 19, 2018

Assigned to the House Education Committee

March 9, 2018

Assigned to the House Education Committee where it is scheduled to be heard on Monday, Mar. 12 at 1:30pm in Room 0112

March 16, 2018

Assigned to the House Education Committee where it is scheduled to be heard on Wednesday, Mar. 21 upon adjournment in Room 0112.