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H.371

Introduced by   Representative Kilmartin of Newport City

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Education; course of study; Vermont history

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to require that Vermont history and government be taught in middle school and high school.

AN ACT RELATING TO TEACHING OF VERMONT HISTORY AND GOVERNMENT IN MIDDLE SCHOOL AND HIGH SCHOOL

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  16 V.S.A. § 912 is added to read:

§ 912.  VERMONT HISTORY AND GOVERNMENT

(a)  Pursuant to subdivision 906(b)(2) of this title, at a minimum, Vermont public schools, approved and recognized independent schools, and home study programs shall teach Vermont history and government in grade 7 or 8 and in grade 11 or 12, and shall administer a standardized test for the purpose of testing each student’s knowledge of Vermont history and government in the grade in which the subject is taught.

(b)  The commissioner shall develop the standardized tests required by this section and shall provide at least one copy for each pupil required to take the test.

(c)  Each Vermont public school, approved and recognized independent school and home study program subject to this section shall report the scores its pupils receive on the standardized tests to the commissioner.  By January 15 of each year, the commissioner shall submit the following to the general assembly:

(1)  a copy of the test administered in the previous year;

(2)  a copy of the scoring sheets; and

(3)  the results aggregated by school, except that all home schools shall be considered a school for purposes of reporting the results.

Sec. 2.  EFFECTIVE DATES

This act shall take effect on passage.  The schools and programs subject to this act shall teach Vermont history and government and administer tests pursuant to this act in school year 2005-2006.  The commissioner shall make the first report to the general assembly required by this act by

January 15, 2007.



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The Vermont General Assembly
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