Bill S1153A-2011

Establishes a geometry and algebra II/trigonometry regents prep course for New York school districts

Establishes a geometry and algebra II/trigonometry regents prep course for New York school districts.

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  • Jun 13, 2012: PRINT NUMBER 1153A
  • Jun 13, 2012: AMEND (T) AND RECOMMIT TO EDUCATION
  • Jan 4, 2012: REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • Jan 5, 2011: REFERRED TO EDUCATION

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BILL NUMBER:S1153A               REVISED 06/13/12

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to establishing a geometry and algebra II/trigonometry regents prep course for New York school districts that have less than sixty-five percent of their students passing the geometry and algebra II/trigonometry regents

PURPOSE: The proposed legislation will establish a geometry and algebra II/trigonometry regents prep course to prepare students for the mathematics regents by reviewing previous regents exams and materials to be utilized by schools with an average of less than sixty-percent of its students passing their geometry and algebra II/trigonometry regents exam.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISION: Amends the education law by adding a new section 815 with, essentially 3 new provisions:

1. Along with the cooperation of the board of regents, the commissioner will be authorized and directed to establish and develop a program for the preparation of the geometry and algebra II/trigonometry regents examination.

2. The program can be instituted by any school district that wants to provide those students that fall within sixty-fix percentile an opportunity to achieve a passing grade on the geometry and algebra II/trigonometry regents exam.

3. The board of regents will establish criteria to be used by school districts that participate in the program, including the review and testing of students on previous geometry and algebra II/trigonometry regents examination materials.

JUSTIFICATION: Each year there are an increasing number of high school students that do not graduate from high school. The mathematics geometry and algebra II/trigonometry regents examination for high school students is one of five major regents examinations required of high school students to obtain a general high school diploma. There are over twenty counties that have an average less than sixty-five percent of their students passing the regents geometry and algebra II/trigonometry examination. These students should have a fair chance and be thoroughly prepared for necessary examinations needed to graduate.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2009-10: S.2544/A.8142 - Referred to Education 2008-09: S.7278

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect September 1, 2013, provided, however, that any rules or regulations necessary to implement the provisions of this act shall be promulgated on or before such date.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1153--A 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 5, 2011 ___________
Introduced by Sens. PARKER, PERKINS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Education -- recommitted to the Committee on Education in accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to establishing a geom- etry and algebra II/trigonometry regents prep course for New York school districts that have less than sixty-five percent of their students passing the geometry and algebra II/trigonometry regents THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Legislative findings. The legislature hereby finds that it is necessary to increase the percentage of students passing the geometry and algebra II/trigonometry regents in New York school districts. The geometry and algebra II/trigonometry regents examination for high school students is one of five major regents examinations required for high school students to obtain a general high school diploma. The legislature further finds that over twenty counties have averaged less than sixty- five percent of their students passing the geometry and algebra II/trigonometry regents examination. The legislature therefore enacts this legislation establishing a geometry and algebra II/trigonometry regents prep course to prepare students for the mathematics regents by reviewing previous regents exams and materials. S 2. The education law is amended by adding a new section 815 to read as follows: S 815. GEOMETRY AND ALGEBRA II/TRIGONOMETRY REGENTS PREP COURSE. 1. THE COMMISSIONER, IN COOPERATION WITH THE BOARD OF REGENTS, IS AUTHOR- IZED AND DIRECTED TO ESTABLISH AND DEVELOP A PROGRAM FOR THE PREPARATION OF THE GEOMETRY AND ALGEBRA II/TRIGONOMETRY REGENTS EXAMINATION. SUCH PROGRAM MAY BE INSTITUTED BY ANY SCHOOL DISTRICT SEEKING TO PROVIDE ITS
SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS WITH AN OPPORTUNITY TO ACHIEVE A PASSING GRADE ON THE GEOMETRY AND ALGEBRA II/TRIGONOMETRY REGENTS EXAMINATION. 2. THE BOARD OF REGENTS SHALL ESTABLISH CRITERIA TO BE USED BY SCHOOL DISTRICTS PARTICIPATING IN SUCH PROGRAM, INCLUDING THE REVIEW AND TEST- ING OF STUDENTS ON PREVIOUS GEOMETRY AND ALGEBRA II/TRIGONOMETRY REGENTS EXAMINATION MATERIALS. S 3. This act shall take effect September 1, 2013; provided, however, that any rules or regulations necessary to implement the provisions of this act shall be promulgated on or before such date.

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