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Full Text of SB0583  98th General Assembly



State of Illinois
2013 and 2014


Introduced 1/24/2013, by Sen. John J. Cullerton


105 ILCS 5/10-20.9a  from Ch. 122, par. 10-20.9a

    Amends the School Code. Makes a technical change in a provision concerning promoting students to the next higher grade level.

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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
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 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
17no grade or evaluation shall be changed without notification to
18the teacher concerning the nature and reasons for such change.
19If such a change is made, the person making the change shall
20assume such responsibility for determining the grade or
21evaluation, and shall initial such change.
22    (b) School districts shall not promote students to the next
23higher grade level based upon age or any other social reasons



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1not related to the academic performance of the students. On or
2before September 1, 1998, school boards shall adopt and enforce
3a policy on promotion as they deem necessary to ensure that
4students meet local goals and objectives and can perform at the
5expected grade level prior to promotion. Decisions to promote
6or retain students in any classes shall be based on successful
7completion of the curriculum, attendance, performance based on
8Illinois Goals and Assessment Program tests, the Iowa Test of
9Basic Skills, or other testing or any other criteria
10established by the school board. Students determined by the
11local district to not qualify for promotion to the next higher
12grade shall be provided remedial assistance, which may include,
13but shall not be limited to, a summer bridge program of no less
14than 90 hours, tutorial sessions, increased or concentrated
15instructional time, modifications to instructional materials,
16and retention in grade.
17(Source: P.A. 89-610, eff. 8-6-96; 90-548, eff. 1-1-98.)