Amended in Assembly August 18, 2015

Amended in Assembly July 7, 2015

Amended in Senate June 2, 2015

Amended in Senate April 28, 2015

Senate BillNo. 725


Introduced by Senator Hancock

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(Principal coauthors: Senators De León, Leno, and Liu)

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(Principal coauthors: Assembly Members Chiu and Ting)

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(Coauthor: Senator Hertzberg)

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February 27, 2015


begin deleteAn act to repeal, add, and repeal Section 60605.1 of the Education Code, relating to pupil instruction. end deletebegin insertAn act to add Section 60851.1 to the Education Code, relating to pupil testing.end insert

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

SB 725, as amended, Hancock. begin deletePupil instruction: visual and performing arts content standards. end deletebegin insertPupil testing: high school exit examination: exemption.end insert

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Existing law requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction, with the approval of the State Board of Education, to develop a high school exit examination in English language arts and mathematics in accordance with state academic content standards. Existing law requires, commencing with the 2003-04 school year and each school year thereafter, each pupil completing grade 12 to successfully pass the high school exit examination as a condition of receiving a diploma of graduation or a condition of graduation from high school.

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This bill would provide that the high school exit examination shall not be required as a condition of receiving a diploma of graduation or a condition of graduation from high school for a pupil completing grade 12 in 2015 and who has met all other high school graduation requirements. To the extent that this requirement would impose additional duties on local educational agencies, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

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The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.

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This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to these statutory provisions.

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Existing law required the State Board of Education, by June 1, 2001, to adopt content standards in the curriculum area of visual and performing arts pursuant to recommendations developed by the Superintendent of Public Instruction.

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This bill would repeal those provisions and would require the Superintendent, in consultation with the state board, to convene an academic content standards advisory committee, comprised of 21 members, for the purpose of updating the content standards in visual and performing arts in the areas of dance, visual arts, theater, and music. The bill would provide for the appointment of committee members by the Governor, the Senate Committee on Rules, the Speaker of the Assembly, and the Superintendent, as specified. The bill would require the committee to review the visual and performing arts content standards, prepare updates to the content standards, and to recommend proposed updates to the state board. The bill would require the state board, on or before July 1, 2018, to either adopt or reject the updates proposed by the committee. The bill would make its provisions contingent upon the Legislature appropriating funds for its purposes in the annual Budget Act. The bill would repeal the bill’s provisions on January 1, 2019.

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Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: begin deleteno end deletebegin insertyesend insert.

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:

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begin insertSECTION 1.end insert  

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begin insertSection 60851.1 is added to the end insertbegin insertEducation Codeend insertbegin insert,
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Notwithstanding any other law, the high school exit
2examination shall not be required as a condition of receiving a
3diploma of graduation or a condition of graduation from high
4school for a pupil completing grade 12 in 2015 and who has met
5all other high school graduation requirements.

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If the Commission on State Mandates determines that
7this act contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement to
8local agencies and school districts for those costs shall be made
9pursuant to Part 7 (commencing with Section 17500) of Division
104 of Title 2 of the Government Code.

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SECTION 1.  

The Legislature finds and declares all of the
12following:

13(a) Arts education helps prepare our pupils for the expectations
14of the 21st century workforce, which includes the ability to
15innovate, communicate, and collaborate. Employers across industry
16sectors stress the need for innovation and creativity skills that are
17developed by the arts.

18(b) In California, 1.4 million jobs, approximately 10 percent of
19all jobs, are directly or indirectly related to or induced by the arts.

20(c) Seven and eight-tenths percent of California’s gross domestic
21product is related to the creative industry.

22(d) It is in the state’s best economic interest to provide pupils
23the most current and relevant instruction in visual and performing
24arts.

25(e) The state’s current visual and performing arts content
26standards do not include connections to the Common Core State
27Standards or 21st century skills that are necessary to the careers
28of the future.

29(f) California’s content standards for the visual and performing
30arts were last adopted 14 years ago in 2001.

31(g) In the interim period, education has changed: pedagogy has
32improved and technology has been developed that impacts
33instruction in the visual and performing arts.

34(h) There is nothing in current law that requires visual and
35performing arts content standards to be reviewed and updated.

36(i) A standards-based, sequential visual and performing arts
37education should be accessible to all pupils in every school.

38(j) Extensive research has demonstrated that arts education
39engages pupils in learning, contributes to higher test scores, and
40reduces truancy and dropout rates.

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SEC. 2.  

Section 60605.1 of the Education Code is repealed.

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SEC. 3.  

Section 60605.1 is added to the Education Code, to
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60605.1.  

(a) The state board shall adopt visual and performing
5arts content standards only if the state board adopts a schedule
6recommended by the Superintendent for the regular update of
7academic content standards in all subjects for which academic
8content standards have been adopted by the state board pursuant
9to other legislation. The visual and performing arts content
10standards shall be adopted pursuant to the following requirements:

11(1) The Superintendent, in consultation with the state board,
12shall convene an academic content standards advisory committee
13for the purpose of updating the content standards in visual and
14performing arts in the areas of dance, visual arts, theater, and music.
15The committee shall use the National Core Arts Standards
16developed by the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards as
17 the basis for their deliberations.

18(2) The committee shall consist of 21 members, appointed as
19follows:

20(A) Ten members appointed by the Governor.

21(B) Four members appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules.

22(C) Four members appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly.

23(D) Three members appointed by the Superintendent.

24(3) Members of the committee shall serve at the pleasure of the
25appointing authority.

26(4) At least one-half of the committee members appointed by
27 each appointing authority shall be current public elementary or
28secondary school classroom teachers who have a professional
29credential under state law and meet the definition of “highly
30qualified” under federal law.

31(b) It is the intent of the Legislature that all of the following
32occur:

33(1) That the committee include representation from teachers of
34different grade level spans, including elementary, middle, and high
35school grades.

36(2) That each member of the committee possesses a thorough
37knowledge of the academic content standards in the content area
38and grade level span in which he or she is appointed.

P5    1(3) That the committee membership reflects the diversity of the
2various ethnic groups, types of school districts, and regions in
3California.

4(c) The committee shall review the content standards established
5for visual and performing arts, and shall recommend and prepare
6updates to the content standards as the committee deems necessary.

7(d) In making its recommendations, the committee shall consider
8both of the following criteria:

9(1) The extent to which the proposed updates reflect current
10and confirmed research in visual and performing arts.

11(2) The impact the committee anticipates that the proposed
12updates will have on school districts, including the impact on
13existing curricula and assessments.

14(e) The committee shall conduct at least two, and no more than
15six, in-person meetings that are open to the public and include
16opportunities for public input. The committee may convene
17 additional meetings by teleconference or the Internet subject to
18the requirements of Article 9 (commencing with Section 11120)
19of Chapter 1 of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government
20Code.

21(f) Before the committee finalizes the proposed updates for
22recommendation to the state board, the department shall post the
23proposed updates on the department’s Internet Web site for at least
2460 days. The department shall include a link by which members
25of the public may submit comments on the proposed updates.

26(g) Upon completing its review and recommendation of the
27proposed updates to the state board, the committee shall be
28dissolved.

29(h) Members of the committee shall serve without compensation,
30except for actual and necessary travel expenses and substitute
31teacher costs.

32(i) The committee shall submit the proposed updates to the state
33board on or before January 31, 2018.

34(j) The state board shall do either of the following on or before
35July 1, 2018:

36(1) Adopt the updates proposed by the committee.

37(2) Reject the updates proposed by the committee.

38(k) If the state board rejects the proposed updates, it shall
39provide a written explanation to the Superintendent, the Governor,
P6    1and the Legislature of the reasons why the proposed updated
2standards were rejected.

3(l) Nothing in this section shall be construed as mandating an
4assessment of pupils in visual or performing arts.

5(m) The convening of an academic content standards advisory
6committee and the requirement for the state board to act on visual
7and performing arts content standards is contingent upon the
8Legislature appropriating funds for that purpose in the annual
9Budget Act.

10(n) This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2019,
11and as of that date is repealed, unless a later enacted statute, that
12is enacted before January 1, 2019, deletes or extends that date.

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