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Full Text of HB4243  102nd General Assembly




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1    AN ACT concerning education.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 5. The School Code is amended by changing Section
510-20.9a as follows:
6    (105 ILCS 5/10-20.9a)  (from Ch. 122, par. 10-20.9a)
7    Sec. 10-20.9a. Final grade; promotion.
8    (a) Teachers shall administer the approved marking system
9or other approved means of evaluating pupil progress. The
10teacher shall maintain the responsibility and right to
11determine grades and other evaluations of students within the
12grading policies of the district based upon his or her
13professional judgment of available criteria pertinent to any
14given subject area or activity for which he or she is
15responsible. District policy shall provide the procedure and
16reasons by and for which a grade may be changed; provided that
17no grade or evaluation shall be changed without notification
18to the teacher concerning the nature and reasons for such
19change. If such a change is made, the person making the change
20shall assume such responsibility for determining the grade or
21evaluation, and shall initial such change.
22    (b) School districts shall not promote students to the
23next higher grade level based upon age or any other social



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1reasons not related to the academic performance of the
2students. On or before September 1, 1998, school boards shall
3adopt and enforce a policy on promotion as they deem necessary
4to ensure that students meet local goals and objectives and
5can perform at the expected grade level prior to promotion.
6Decisions to promote or retain students in any classes shall
7be based on successful completion of the curriculum,
8attendance, performance based on the assessments required
9under Section 2-3.64a-5 of this Code, the Iowa Test of Basic
10Skills, or other testing or any other criteria established by
11the school board. Students determined by the local district to
12not qualify for promotion to the next higher grade shall be
13provided remedial assistance, which may include, but shall not
14be limited to, a summer bridge program of no less than 90
15hours, tutorial sessions, increased or concentrated
16instructional time, modifications to instructional materials,
17and retention in grade.
18    (c) No public high school of a school district shall
19withhold a student's grades, transcripts, or diploma because
20of an unpaid balance on the student's school account.
21    At the end of each school year, the school district shall
22catalogue and report to the State Board of Education the total
23amount that remains unpaid by students due to the prohibition
24under this subsection (c).
25    (d) On and after 3 years from the effective date of this
26amendatory Act of the 102nd General Assembly, subsection (c)



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1is inoperative.
2(Source: P.A. 98-972, eff. 8-15-14.)
3    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
4becoming law.