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Full Text of HB4243  102nd General Assembly


Rep. Joyce Mason

Filed: 3/1/2022





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend House Bill 4243 by replacing
3everything after the enacting clause with the following:
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



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1no grade or evaluation shall be changed without notification
2to the teacher concerning the nature and reasons for such
3change. If such a change is made, the person making the change
4shall assume such responsibility for determining the grade or
5evaluation, and shall initial such change.
6    (b) School districts shall not promote students to the
7next higher grade level based upon age or any other social
8reasons not related to the academic performance of the
9students. On or before September 1, 1998, school boards shall
10adopt and enforce a policy on promotion as they deem necessary
11to ensure that students meet local goals and objectives and
12can perform at the expected grade level prior to promotion.
13Decisions to promote or retain students in any classes shall
14be based on successful completion of the curriculum,
15attendance, performance based on the assessments required
16under Section 2-3.64a-5 of this Code, the Iowa Test of Basic
17Skills, or other testing or any other criteria established by
18the school board. Students determined by the local district to
19not qualify for promotion to the next higher grade shall be
20provided remedial assistance, which may include, but shall not
21be limited to, a summer bridge program of no less than 90
22hours, tutorial sessions, increased or concentrated
23instructional time, modifications to instructional materials,
24and retention in grade.
25    (c) No public high school of a school district shall
26withhold a student's grades, transcripts, or diploma because



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1of an unpaid balance on the student's school account.
2(Source: P.A. 98-972, eff. 8-15-14.)
3    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
4becoming law.".