HR 778

112th CONGRESS
1st Session

H. R. 778

To provide grants to States to improve high schools and raise graduation rates while ensuring rigorous standards, to develop and implement effective school models for struggling students and dropouts, and to improve State policies to raise graduation rates, and for other purposes.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 17, 2011

Mr. HINOJOSA (for himself, Mr. FATTAH, Ms. HIRONO, Mr. VAN HOLLEN, Mr. GRIJALVA, Mr. POLIS, Mr. REYES, Mr. JACKSON of Illinois, Ms. JACKSON LEE of Texas, Mr. LEWIS of Georgia, Mr. BISHOP of New York, Mr. ANDREWS, Mr. LUJAN, Mrs. NAPOLITANO, Mr. SIRES, Mr. SCOTT of Virginia, Ms. RICHARDSON, Mrs. DAVIS of California, Mr. DAVIS of Illinois, Ms. BROWN of Florida, Mr. WU, Mr. MEEKS, Ms. EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON of Texas, Mr. PAYNE, Ms. ROYBAL-ALLARD, Mr. LARSON of Connecticut, Mrs. MCCARTHY of New York, Mr. BACA, Mr. GONZALEZ, Ms. CHU, and Mr. GENE GREEN of Texas) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce


A BILL

To provide grants to States to improve high schools and raise graduation rates while ensuring rigorous standards, to develop and implement effective school models for struggling students and dropouts, and to improve State policies to raise graduation rates, and for other purposes.

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE; TABLE OF CONTENTS.

TITLE I--HIGH SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT AND DROPOUT REDUCTION FUND

TITLE II--DEVELOPMENT OF EFFECTIVE SCHOOL MODELS

SEC. 2. DEFINITIONS.

TITLE I--HIGH SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT AND DROPOUT REDUCTION FUND

SEC. 101. FINDINGS.

SEC. 102. PURPOSES.

SEC. 103. DEFINITIONS.

SEC. 104. GRANTS AUTHORIZED.

SEC. 105. SECRETARIAL PEER REVIEW AND APPROVAL.

SEC. 106. STATE PLAN TO DEVELOP DIFFERENTIATED HIGH SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT SYSTEM.

(aa) the percentage of student suspensions and expulsions;

(bb) surveys of high school student engagement and effort; or

(cc) other indicators of student engagement proposed by the State educational agency and approved by the Secretary as part of the peer review process described in section 105(a).

(aa)(AA) student-earned on-time promotion rates from grade to grade for all grades in the high school; or

(BB) the percentage of students who have on-time credit accumulation at the end of each grade; and

(bb) the percentage of students--

(AA) failing a core, credit-bearing, English language arts, mathematics, or science course; or

(BB) failing 2 or more courses of any type; and

(aa) measures of enrollment, retention, persistence, and degree attainment in two-year and four-year institutions of higher education;

(bb) measures of the employment success of students who graduated from the high school; or

(cc) other indicators of student advancement proposed by the State educational agency and approved by the Secretary as part of the peer review process described in section 105(a).

(aa) measures of teacher attendance, vacancies, and turnover; and

(bb) the percentage of highly qualified teachers by grade level; and

(aa) the percentage of students taking a college-preparatory curriculum, which may include the percentage of students taking Advanced Placement courses, International Baccalaureate courses, or postsecondary courses for dual credit;

(bb) the percentage of students reaching proficiency on the State academic assessments in reading and mathematics required under section 1111 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6311), disaggregated by the categories of students identified in section 1111(b)(2)(C)(v) of such Act (20 U.S.C. 1111(b)(2)(C)(v)); and

(cc) student success on State or local educational agency end-of-course examinations or performance-based assessments with standardized scoring rubrics aligned to State standards, where such assessments are available; and

(aa) student achievement on college entrance and placement examinations such as the ACT or SAT, or Advanced Placement examinations; or

(bb) other indicators of academic learning proposed by the State educational agency and approved by the Secretary as part of the peer-review process described in section 105(a).

SEC. 107. USE OF GRANT FUNDS.

SEC. 108. STATEWIDE DIFFERENTIATED HIGH SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT SYSTEM.

SEC. 109. SUBGRANTS TO LOCAL EDUCATIONAL AGENCIES.

SEC. 110. LOCAL EDUCATIONAL AGENCY IMPLEMENTATION OF SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT SYSTEM.

SEC. 111. SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT ACTIVITIES.

SEC. 112. EVALUATION AND REPORTING.

SEC. 113. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.

TITLE II--DEVELOPMENT OF EFFECTIVE SCHOOL MODELS

SEC. 201. PURPOSES.

SEC. 202. DEFINITIONS.

SEC. 203. GRANTS AUTHORIZED.

SEC. 204. APPLICATION.

SEC. 205. SECRETARIAL PEER REVIEW AND APPROVAL.

SEC. 206. USE OF FUNDS.

SEC. 207. EVALUATION AND REPORTING.

SEC. 208. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.

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