State of Illinois
2021 and 2022


Introduced 2/26/2021, by Sen. Meg Loughran Cappel


105 ILCS 5/27-22  from Ch. 122, par. 27-22

    Amends the Courses of Study Article of the School Code. Provides that a course in financial literacy may be taken towards the fulfillment of the mathematics requirement that each pupil entering the 9th grade must successfully complete to receive a high school diploma.

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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 must, in addition to other
14course requirements, successfully complete all of the
15following courses:
16        (1) Four years of language arts.
17        (2) Two years of writing intensive courses, one of
18    which must be English and the other of which may be English
19    or any other subject. When applicable, writing-intensive
20    courses may be counted towards the fulfillment of other
21    graduation requirements.
22        (3) Three years of mathematics, one of which must be
23    Algebra I, one of which must include geometry content, and



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



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1school districts of standards for writing-intensive
3    (f-5) If a school district offers an Advanced Placement
4computer science course to high school students, then the
5school board must designate that course as equivalent to a
6high school mathematics course and must denote on the
7student's transcript that the Advanced Placement computer
8science course qualifies as a mathematics-based, quantitative
9course for students in accordance with subdivision (3) of
10subsection (e) of this Section.
11    (g) This amendatory Act of 1983 does not apply to pupils
12entering the 9th grade in 1983-1984 school year and prior
13school years or to students with disabilities whose course of
14study is determined by an individualized education program.
15    This amendatory Act of the 94th General Assembly does not
16apply to pupils entering the 9th grade in the 2004-2005 school
17year or a prior school year or to students with disabilities
18whose course of study is determined by an individualized
19education program.
20    (h) The provisions of this Section are subject to the
21provisions of Section 27-22.05 of this Code and the
22Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness Act.
23    (i) The State Board of Education may adopt rules to modify
24the requirements of this Section for any students enrolled in
25grades 9 through 12 if the Governor has declared a disaster due
26to a public health emergency pursuant to Section 7 of the



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1Illinois Emergency Management Agency Act.
2(Source: P.A. 100-443, eff. 8-25-17; 101-464, eff. 1-1-20;
3101-643, eff. 6-18-20.)