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Substitute Bill No. 40

    February Session, 2012

 

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AN ACT CONCERNING COLLEGE READINESS AND COMPLETION.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. (NEW) (Effective July 1, 2012) (a) For purposes of this section, "Connecticut's P-20 Council" means the state-wide council of educators, business leaders and civic officials formed by Executive Order Number 2A by Governor M. Jodi Rell in 2009 to build stronger ties among educators and policymakers at all levels of education in this state, from preschool to graduate school.

(b) Not later than the start of the fall semester of 2014 and for each semester thereafter, if a public institution of higher education determines, by use of multiple commonly accepted measures of skill level, that a student is likely to succeed in college level work with supplemental support, the public institution of higher education shall offer such student remedial support that is embedded with the corresponding entry level course in a college level program. Such embedded support shall be offered during the same semester as and in conjunction with the entry level course for purposes of providing the student with supplemental support in the entry level course.

(c) Not later than the start of the fall semester of 2014 and for each semester thereafter, if a public institution of higher education determines, by use of multiple commonly accepted measures of skill level, that a student is below the skill level required for success in college level work, the public institution of higher education shall offer such student the opportunity to participate in an intensive college readiness program before the start of the next semester. No public institution of higher education shall offer such student embedded remedial support, as provided in subsection (b) of this section, until such student completes an intensive college readiness program. The Board of Regents for Higher Education, in collaboration with Connecticut's P-20 Council, shall develop options for an intensive college readiness program.

(d) Not later than the start of the fall semester of 2014 and for each semester thereafter, no public institution of higher education shall offer any remedial support, including remedial courses, that is not embedded with the corresponding entry level course, as required pursuant to subsection (b) of this section, or offered as part of an intensive college readiness program.

Sec. 2. (NEW) (Effective July 1, 2012) Not later than the start of the fall semester of 2014 and for each semester thereafter, each public high school and public institution of higher education shall complete curricular alignment to enable the successful completion of the high school mathematics and language arts curricula, as described in Connecticut's Common Core State Standards adopted by the State Board of Education, to be the indicator of readiness for college level work. A public institution of higher education may use available testing instruments to assess adults, who are returning to or first enrolling in a higher education program after spending time in the workforce, for readiness for college level work. Any student who graduates from high school during or after May 2014 shall have open access to college level courses, provided any such student who demonstrates the likelihood to succeed in college level work with supplemental support receives such support in accordance with subsection (b) of section 1 of this act.

Sec. 3. (NEW) (Effective July 1, 2012) Not later than the start of the school year commencing July 1, 2014, and for each school year thereafter, Connecticut's P-20 Council, as defined in subsection (a) of section 1 of this act, shall ensure that each public institution of higher education works with the Department of Education and the local and regional school districts to develop an approach to (1) early assessment of the potential for college readiness of each student enrolled in the eighth and tenth grades in a public school, and (2) the sharing of the results of such assessment with such student, such student's parents or legal guardian and the public school in which such student is enrolled.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

July 1, 2012

New section

Sec. 2

July 1, 2012

New section

Sec. 3

July 1, 2012

New section

HED

Joint Favorable Subst.

 

APP

Joint Favorable