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Full Text of HB2258  101st 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 changing Section
527-22 as follows:
6    (105 ILCS 5/27-22)  (from Ch. 122, par. 27-22)
7    Sec. 27-22. Required high school courses.
8    (a) (Blank).
9    (b) (Blank).
10    (c) (Blank).
11    (d) (Blank).
12    (e) As a prerequisite to receiving a high school diploma,
13each pupil entering the 9th grade in the 2008-2009 school year
14or a subsequent school year must, in addition to other course
15requirements, successfully complete all of the following
17        (1) Four years of language arts.
18        (2) Two years of writing intensive courses, one of
19    which must be English and the other of which may be English
20    or any other subject. When applicable, writing-intensive
21    courses may be counted towards the fulfillment of other
22    graduation requirements.
23        (3) Three years of mathematics, one of which must be



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1    Algebra I, one of which must include geometry content, and
2    one of which may be an Advanced Placement computer science
3    course if the pupil successfully completes Algebra II or an
4    integrated mathematics course with Algebra II content.
5        (4) Two years of science.
6        (5) Two years of social studies, of which at least one
7    year must be history of the United States or a combination
8    of history of the United States and American government
9    and, beginning with pupils entering the 9th grade in the
10    2016-2017 school year and each school year thereafter, at
11    least one semester must be civics, which shall help young
12    people acquire and learn to use the skills, knowledge, and
13    attitudes that will prepare them to be competent and
14    responsible citizens throughout their lives. Civics course
15    content shall focus on government institutions, the
16    discussion of current and controversial issues, service
17    learning, and simulations of the democratic process.
18    School districts may utilize private funding available for
19    the purposes of offering civics education.
20        (6) One year chosen from (A) music, (B) art, (C)
21    foreign language, which shall be deemed to include American
22    Sign Language, or (D) vocational education, or (E) speech.
23    (f) The State Board of Education shall develop and inform
24school districts of standards for writing-intensive
26    (f-5) If a school district offers an Advanced Placement



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1computer science course to high school students, then the
2school board must designate that course as equivalent to a high
3school mathematics course and must denote on the student's
4transcript that the Advanced Placement computer science course
5qualifies as a mathematics-based, quantitative course for
6students in accordance with subdivision (3) of subsection (e)
7of this Section.
8    (g) This amendatory Act of 1983 does not apply to pupils
9entering the 9th grade in 1983-1984 school year and prior
10school years or to students with disabilities whose course of
11study is determined by an individualized education program.
12    This amendatory Act of the 94th General Assembly does not
13apply to pupils entering the 9th grade in the 2004-2005 school
14year or a prior school year or to students with disabilities
15whose course of study is determined by an individualized
16education program.
17    (h) The provisions of this Section are subject to the
18provisions of Section 27-22.05 of this Code and the
19Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness Act.
20(Source: P.A. 99-434, eff. 7-1-16 (see P.A. 99-485 for the
21effective date of changes made by P.A. 99-434); 99-485, eff.
2211-20-15; 99-674, eff. 7-29-16; 100-443, eff. 8-25-17.)