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Public Act 102-0551


 

Public Act 0551 102ND GENERAL ASSEMBLY

  
  
  

 


 
Public Act 102-0551
 
SB2354 EnrolledLRB102 17155 CMG 22587 b

    AN ACT concerning education.
 
    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
 
    Section 5. The School Code is amended by changing Section
27-22 as follows:
 
    (105 ILCS 5/27-22)  (from Ch. 122, par. 27-22)
    Sec. 27-22. Required high school courses.
    (a) (Blank).
    (b) (Blank).
    (c) (Blank).
    (d) (Blank).
    (e) As a prerequisite to receiving a high school diploma,
each pupil entering the 9th grade must, in addition to other
course requirements, successfully complete all of the
following courses:
        (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
    graduation requirements.
        (3) Three years of mathematics, one of which must be
    Algebra I, one of which must include geometry content, and
    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
    path.
        (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.
        (6) One year chosen from (A) music, (B) art, (C)
    foreign language, which shall be deemed to include
    American Sign Language, or (D) vocational education, or
    (E) forensic speech (speech and debate). A forensic speech
    course used to satisfy the course requirement under
    subdivision (1) may not be used to satisfy the course
    requirement under this subdivision (6).
    (f) The State Board of Education shall develop and inform
school districts of standards for writing-intensive
coursework.
    (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 education program.
    This amendatory Act of the 94th General Assembly does not
apply 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
education program.
    (h) The provisions of this Section are subject to the
provisions of Section 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
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.)

Effective Date: 1/1/2022