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Introduced House Bill (H)

DIGEST

Education matters. Exempts an educational program: (1) consisting of a group of students who attend the educational program in lieu of attending a public or private school; (2) whose students meet in a single classroom in person or outside a classroom and which may include mixed age level groupings; and (3) that is under the supervision of a teacher or tutor; from licensure requirements for child care centers. Establishes the Cambridge International program (program). Requires the department of education (department) to administer the program. Provides for certain academic credit for successful completion of a Cambridge International course or receiving a Education matters. Exempts an educational program: (1) consisting of a group of students who attend the educational program in lieu of attending a public or private school; (2) whose students meet in a single classroom in person or outside a classroom and which may include mixed age level groupings; and (3) that is under the supervision of a teacher or tutor; from licensure requirements for child care centers. Establishes the Cambridge International program (program). Requires the department of education (department) to administer the program. Provides for certain academic credit for successful completion of a Cambridge International course or receiving a satisfactory score on the Cambridge International Advanced examination. Requires the department to develop and provide each public and state accredited nonpublic elementary school and high school with curriculum guidelines regarding the program. Requires, not later than December 1, 2022, and not later than December 1 each year thereafter, the department to submit a report regarding the program to the state board. Requires the department and the commission for higher education to work with each state educational institution on implementing and communicating the state educational institution's policy for awarding Cambridge International Advanced credits. Provides that the policy must be developed and published not later than July 31, 2021. Requires the department to provide schools the same per pupil per exam fee amounts for international baccalaureate or Cambridge International exams as the per pupil per exam funding amount for students to take advanced placement exams. Establishes an Indiana postsecondary prior learning assessment clearinghouse (clearinghouse). Requires the governor to direct the commission for higher education (commission), department, and governor's workforce cabinet (cabinet), in collaboration with state educational institutions, to: (1) develop and regularly update the clearinghouse; and (2) collect information concerning prior learning assessments used by state educational institutions to award advanced standing or postsecondary credit. Lists the criteria that must be collected for each learning assessment. Obligates each state educational institution to report prior learning assessments annually. Mandates that the commission, department, and the cabinet publish the clearinghouse information on its respective Internet web site. Requires the governor to direct the commission, department, and cabinet to prepare model guidance and informational resources concerning postsecondary enrollment opportunities that incorporate work based learning and postsecondary enrollment opportunities. Imposes criteria that the model guidance and information resources must meet and how the information must be disseminated and updated. Repeals an amended and relocated provision regarding high school credit for Cambridge International courses. ... View more