Text: S.3558 — 111th Congress (2009-2010)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in Senate (06/30/2010)


111th CONGRESS
2d Session
S. 3558


To improve the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, and for other purposes.


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

June 30, 2010

Mr. Dodd introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions


A BILL

To improve the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, and for other purposes.

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 “No Child Left Behind Reform Act”.

SEC. 2. Adequate yearly progress.

(a) Definition of adequate yearly progress.—Section 1111(b)(2) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6311(b)(2)) is amended—

(1) in subparagraph (C)(vii)—

(A) by striking “such as”;

(B) by inserting “such as measures of individual or cohort growth over time based on the academic assessments implemented in accordance with paragraph (3),” after “described in clause (v),”; and

(C) by striking “attendance rates,”; and

(2) in subparagraph (D)—

(A) by striking clause (ii);

(B) by striking “the State” and all that follows through “ensure” and inserting “the State shall ensure”; and

(C) by striking “; and” and inserting a period.

(b) Academic assessment and local educational agency and school improvement.—Section 1116(a)(1)(B) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6316(a)(1)(B)) is amended by striking “, except that” and all that follows through “action or restructuring”.

SEC. 3. Grants for increasing data capacity for purposes of ayp.

Subpart 1 of part A of title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6311 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following:

“SEC. 1120C. Grants for increasing data capacity for purposes of ayp.

“(a) Grant authority.—The Secretary may award grants, on a competitive basis, to State educational agencies to enable the State educational agencies—

“(1) to develop or increase the capacity of data systems for accountability purposes; and

“(2) to award subgrants to increase the capacity of local educational agencies to upgrade, create, or manage information databases for the purpose of measuring adequate yearly progress.

“(b) Priority.—In awarding grants under this section the Secretary shall give priority to State educational agencies that have created, or are in the process of creating, a growth model or proficiency index as part of their adequate yearly progress determination.

“(c) State use of funds.—Each State that receives a grant under this section shall use—

“(1) not more than 20 percent of the grant funds for the purpose of increasing the capacity of, or creating, State databases to collect information related to adequate yearly progress; and

“(2) not less than 80 percent of the grant funds to award subgrants to local educational agencies within the State to enable the local educational agencies to carry out the authorized activities described in subsection (d).

“(d) Authorized activities.—Each local educational agency that receives a subgrant under this section shall use the subgrant funds to increase the capacity of the local educational agency to upgrade databases or create unique student identifiers for the purpose of measuring adequate yearly progress, by—

“(1) purchasing database software or hardware;

“(2) hiring additional staff for the purpose of managing such data;

“(3) providing professional development or additional training for such staff; and

“(4) providing professional development or training for principals and teachers on how to effectively use such data to implement instructional strategies to improve student achievement.

“(e) State application.—Each State educational agency desiring a grant under this section shall submit an application to the Secretary at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Secretary may require.

“(f) LEA application.—Each local educational agency desiring a subgrant under this section shall submit an application to the State educational agency at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the State educational agency may require. Each such application shall include, at a minimum, a demonstration of the local educational agency’s ability to put such a database in place.

“(g) Authorization of appropriations.—There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this part $80,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2011, 2012, and 2013.”.

SEC. 4. Definition of highly qualified teachers.

Section 9101(23)(B)(ii) of the Elementary and Secondary Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 7801(23)(B)(ii)) is amended—

(1) in subclause (I), by striking “or” after the semicolon;

(2) in subclause (II), by striking “and” after the semicolon; and

(3) by adding at the end the following:

“(III) in the case of a middle school teacher, passing a State approved middle school generalist exam when the teacher receives the teacher’s license to teach middle school in the State;

“(IV) obtaining a State social studies certificate that qualifies the teacher to teach history, geography, economics, and civics in middle or secondary schools, respectively, in the State; or

“(V) obtaining a State science certificate that qualifies the teacher to teach earth science, biology, chemistry, and physics in middle or secondary schools, respectively, in the State; and”.