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Full Text of HB4983  99th 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 adding Section
52-3.167 as follows:
6    (105 ILCS 5/2-3.167 new)
7    Sec. 2-3.167. State Global Scholar Certification.
8    (a) The State Global Scholar Certification Program is
9established to recognized public high school graduates who have
10attained global competence. State Global Scholar Certification
11shall be awarded beginning with the 2017-2018 school year.
12School district participation in this certification is
14    (b) The purposes of State Global Scholar Certification are
15as follows:
16        (1) To recognize the value of a global education.
17        (2) To certify attainment of global competence.
18        (3) To provide employers with a method of identifying
19    globally competent employees.
20        (4) To provide colleges and universities with an
21    additional method to recognize applicants seeking
22    admission.
23        (5) To prepare students with 21st century skills.



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1        (6) To encourage the development of a globally ready
2    workforce in the STEM (science, technology, engineering,
3    and mathematics), manufacturing, agriculture, and service
4    sectors.
5    (c) State Global Scholar Certification confirms attainment
6of global competence, sufficient for meaningful use in college
7and a career, by a graduating public high school student.
8    (d) The State Board of Education shall adopt such rules as
9may be necessary to establish the criteria that students must
10achieve to earn State Global Scholar Certification, which shall
11minimally include attainment of units of credit in globally
12focused courses, service learning experiences, global
13collaboration and dialogue, and passage of a capstone project
14demonstrating global competency, as approved by the
15participating school district for this purpose.
16    (e) The State Board of Education shall do both of the
18        (1) Prepare and deliver to participating school
19    districts an appropriate mechanism for designating State
20    Global Scholar Certification on the diploma and transcript
21    of a student indicating that the student has been awarded
22    State Global Scholar Certification by the State Board of
23    Education.
24        (2) Provide other information the State Board of
25    Education deems necessary for school districts to
26    successfully participate in the certification.



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1    (f) A school district that participates in certification
2under this Section shall do both of the following:
3        (1) Maintain appropriate records in order to identify
4    students who have earned State Global Scholar
5    Certification.
6        (2) Make the appropriate designation on the diploma and
7    transcript of each student who earns State Global Scholar
8    Certification.
9    (g) No fee may be charged to a student to receive the
10designation pursuant to the Section. Notwithstanding this
11prohibition, costs may be incurred by the student in
12demonstrating proficiency.
13    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
14becoming law.