Synopsis As Introduced Amends the Chicago School District Article of the School Code. Requires the Chicago Board of Education to establish a basic skills class for students in each of grades 4, 5, and 6. Provides that if a 3rd grade student is at least 2 grade levels behind in reading or mathematics, based on an assessment of the student's reading and mathematics skills, the student must be placed in a basic skills class when he or she is in the 4th, 5th, and 6th grades until he or she completes 6th grade or attains reading or mathematics skills that are at or above the 6th grade level, whichever occurs first. Requires the State Board of Education to create the appropriate curriculum for the basic skills class, establish learning objectives for students in a basic skills class, and provide lesson plans for the basic skills class.
Deletes everything after the enacting clause. Amends the School Code. Provides that if, by performance on State tests or local assessments or by teacher judgment, a student's performance is determined to be below standards or at the academic warning level after a State test (instead of determined to be 2 or more grades below current placement), then the student must be provided a remediation program. Provides that if a student is below standards or at the academic warning level for 2 consecutive school years, then the student shall attend a basic skills summer school program for not less than 90 hours in reading and mathematics, with exceptions.
House Floor Amendment No. 2 Removes the amendatory language and restores current law. Provides instead that a remedial summer school program for a student determined to be 2 or more grades below current placement shall emphasize reading and mathematics if the student has performed below grade level for 2 consecutive school years.