Full Text of SB1830 102nd General Assembly
SB1830enr 102ND GENERAL ASSEMBLY
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AN ACT concerning education.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
The School Code is amended by changing Section
27-22 as follows:
(105 ILCS 5/27-22)
(from Ch. 122, par. 27-22)
Required high school courses.
(e) As a prerequisite to receiving a high school diploma,
entering the 9th grade must, in addition to other
course requirements, successfully
complete all of the
(1) Four years of language arts.
(2) Two years of writing intensive courses, one of
which must be English and the other of which may be English
or any other subject. When applicable, writing-intensive
courses may be counted towards the fulfillment of other
(3) Three years of mathematics, one of which must be
Algebra I, one of which must include geometry content, and
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one of which may be an Advanced Placement computer science
course. A mathematics course that includes geometry
content may be offered as an integrated, applied,
interdisciplinary, or career and technical education
course that prepares a student for a career readiness
(4) Two years of science.
(5) Two years of social studies, of which at least one
year must be history of the United States or a combination
of history of the United States and American government
and, beginning with pupils entering the 9th grade in the
2016-2017 school year and each school year thereafter, at
least one semester must be civics, which shall help young
people acquire and learn to use the skills, knowledge, and
attitudes that will prepare them to be competent and
responsible citizens throughout their lives. Civics course
content shall focus on government institutions, the
discussion of current and controversial issues, service
learning, and simulations of the democratic process.
School districts may utilize private funding available for
the purposes of offering civics education.
pupils entering the 9th grade in the 2021-2022 school year
and each school year thereafter, one semester, or part of
one semester, may include a financial literacy course.
(6) One year chosen from (A) music, (B) art, (C)
foreign language, which shall be deemed to include
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American Sign Language, or (D) vocational education.
(f) The State Board of Education shall develop and inform
school districts of standards for writing-intensive
(f-5) If a school district offers an Advanced Placement
computer science course to high school students, then the
school board must designate that course as equivalent to a
high school mathematics course and must denote on the
student's transcript that the Advanced Placement computer
science course qualifies as a mathematics-based, quantitative
course for students in accordance with subdivision (3) of
subsection (e) of this Section.
(g) This amendatory Act of 1983 does not apply to pupils
entering the 9th grade
in 1983-1984 school year and prior
school years or to students
with disabilities whose course of
study is determined by an individualized
This amendatory Act of the 94th General Assembly does not
to pupils entering the 9th grade in the 2004-2005 school
year or a prior
school year or to students with disabilities
whose course of study is
determined by an individualized
(h) The provisions of this Section are subject to the
27-22.05 of this Code and the
Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness Act.
(i) The State Board of Education may adopt rules to modify
the requirements of this Section for any students enrolled in
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grades 9 through 12 if the Governor has declared a disaster due
to a public health emergency pursuant to Section 7 of the
Illinois Emergency Management Agency Act.
(Source: P.A. 100-443, eff. 8-25-17; 101-464, eff. 1-1-20;
101-643, eff. 6-18-20.)
This Act takes effect upon