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A54, R80, S462
Sponsors: Senator Hembree
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Introduced in the Senate on February 23, 2017
Introduced in the House on April 4, 2017
Last Amended on May 9, 2017
Passed by the General Assembly on May 10, 2017
Governor's Action: May 19, 2017, Signed
Summary: Uniform high school diplomas
HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS
Date Body Action Description with journal page number ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2/23/2017 Senate Introduced and read first time (Senate Journal-page 6) 2/23/2017 Senate Referred to Committee on Education (Senate Journal-page 6) 3/23/2017 Senate Committee report: Favorable with amendment Education (Senate Journal-page 10) 3/30/2017 Senate Committee Amendment Adopted (Senate Journal-page 34) 3/30/2017 Senate Read second time (Senate Journal-page 34) 3/30/2017 Senate Roll call Ayes-39 Nays-0 (Senate Journal-page 34) 3/31/2017 Scrivener's error corrected 4/4/2017 Senate Read third time and sent to House (Senate Journal-page 17) 4/4/2017 House Introduced and read first time (House Journal-page 7) 4/4/2017 House Referred to Committee on Education and Public Works (House Journal-page 7) 4/27/2017 House Recalled from Committee on Education and Public Works (House Journal-page 41) 5/3/2017 House Requests for debate-Rep(s). Hayes, Atkinson, M Rivers, JE Smith, Bernstein, Hart, Weeks, Henegan, Cobb-Hunter, Williams, Jefferson, McCravy, West, Hewitt, King, Fry, Crawford, Brown, DC Moss, Mack, Anderson, Pope, White, Hosey, Clyburn, Kirby, Alexander, Thayer (House Journal-page 28) 5/9/2017 House Amended (House Journal-page 174) 5/9/2017 House Read second time (House Journal-page 174) 5/9/2017 House Roll call Yeas-92 Nays-0 (House Journal-page 175) 5/10/2017 House Read third time and returned to Senate with amendments (House Journal-page 34) 5/10/2017 Senate Concurred in House amendment and enrolled (Senate Journal-page 66) 5/10/2017 Senate Roll call Ayes-40 Nays-0 (Senate Journal-page 66) 5/15/2017 Ratified R 80 5/19/2017 Signed By Governor 5/25/2017 Effective date See Act 5/31/2017 Act No. 54
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(A54, R80, S462)
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 59-39-100, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE UNIFORM DIPLOMA FOR GRADUATES OF ACCREDITED HIGH SCHOOLS, SO AS TO PROVIDE PERSONALIZED PATHWAYS FOR STUDENTS TO EARN THE DIPLOMA AND TO PROVIDE RELATED COURSE OF STUDY-BASED ENDORSEMENTS STUDENTS MAY EARN, TO REVISE THE COURSEWORK STUDENTS ENTERING NINTH GRADE DURING THE 2018-2019 SCHOOL YEAR MUST EARN FOR GRADUATION, TO PROVIDE THIS REVISED COURSEWORK REQUIREMENT MUST SUPPORT THE PROFILE OF THE GRADUATE, TO PROVIDE FOR A UNIFORM EMPLOYABILITY CREDENTIAL AVAILABLE FOR CERTAIN STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO DIPLOMA PATHWAYS, AND TO PROVIDE THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION SHALL MONITOR NUMBERS OF DIPLOMAS AND EMPLOYABILITY CREDENTIALS EARNED BY STUDENTS AND BIANNUALLY REPORT SUCH NUMBERS TO THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION AND THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
Diploma requirements revised, alternate credential created, reporting
SECTION 1. Section 59-39-100 of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 49 of 2005, is further amended to read:
"Section 59-39-100. (A) Diplomas issued to graduates of accredited high schools within this State must be uniform in every respect and particularly as to color, size, lettering, and marking. In accordance with Section 59-59-10, et seq., districts and schools shall provide students with personalized pathways for earning the uniform diploma, and students may earn endorsements based upon their course of study, which may be represented by seals added to the student's uniform diploma. The State Board of Education shall promulgate regulations establishing these pathways and endorsements.
(B) Beginning with students entering the ninth grade in School Year 1997-1998, the number of units required for a high school diploma was increased to twenty-four units. To support the Profile of the Graduate, for students entering the ninth grade beginning with the 2018-2019 School Year, the twenty-four units required are as prescribed in this section and in regulation by the State Board of Education.
(1) Students will continue to be required to earn the units of credit as prescribed in regulation and, when applicable, be offered national industry certifications or credentials.
(2) Coursework must be aligned with a student's personalized diploma pathway. The State Board of Education shall promulgate regulations that outline the process and procedures for approval of courses to personalize pathways based on students' postsecondary plans and include an annually updated course activity coding manual listing approved courses. The individualized graduation planning process must plan each student's personalized pathway based on his postsecondary plans.
(C) The State Board of Education, through the Department of Education and in collaboration with the Vocational Rehabilitation Department, the Department of Employment and Workforce, businesses, and stakeholders shall develop criteria for a uniform state-recognized employability credential that is aligned to the program of study for students with a disability whose Individualized Education Program (IEP) team determines, and agrees in writing, that a diploma pathway would not provide a free appropriate public education. The State Board of Education, in conjunction with the department, shall develop a rubric and guidelines to identify and assess the employability skills of the students, based on appropriate standards established. The credentials must be uniform in size, shape, and design.
(D) The department shall monitor the number of diplomas and employability credentials earned by students and shall report to the State Board of Education and the General Assembly biannually by February 15, beginning in 2020.
(E) Nothing in this section prohibits local school boards of trustees from awarding recognition to students who complete additional units and credits beyond those required by this section."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect with students entering ninth grade beginning with the 2018-2019 School Year.
Ratified the 15th day of May, 2017.
Approved the 19th day of May, 2017.
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