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Budget Summary FY2014

70619404 - MCAS Low-Scoring Student Support
Data Current as of:  9/11/2013





Account Description FY2013
Spending
FY2014
GAA
7061-9404 MCAS Low-Scoring Student Support
For grants to cities, towns and regional school districts to provide targeted academic support programs for students in grades 8 through 12 and post-twelfth graders who have not yet earned a competency determination on the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System, or MCAS, exam established by the board of elementary and secondary education under sections 1D and 1I of chapter 69 of the General Laws; provided, that the department and districts shall ensure that services are available to students with disabilities; provided further, that the purpose of this program shall be to improve students' performance on the MCAS exam through replication of services and educational strategies with proven results as determined by the department of elementary and secondary education; provided further, that such programs shall supplement currently funded local, state and federal programs at the school or district; provided further, that funds shall be expended for a competitive grant program to fund academic support and college transition services to be implemented in fiscal year 2014 and operated by public institutions of higher learning or by public-private partnerships for students in grades 10 through 12 and post-twelfth graders who may have completed all other high school requirements but have not yet obtained a competency determination, as defined in said section 1D of said chapter 69, as measured by the MCAS assessment instrument authorized in said section 1I of said chapter 69, and are working to pass a portion of the MCAS exam in order to obtain a competency determination and earn a high school diploma; provided further, that for the purpose of the programs, appropriated funds may be expended through August 31, 2014 to allow for summer remediation programs; provided further, JFYNetworks, A Nonprofit Corporation, shall receive not less than the amount appropriated in line item 7061-9404 of section 2 of chapter 139 of the acts of 2012; provided further, that funds shall be expended for competitive grants to fund Pathways programs that target students in grades 9 through 12 and post-twelfth graders and are instituted by local school districts, public institutions of higher education, qualified public and private educational services organizations and one-stop career centers, including, but not limited to, school-to-work connecting activities, creating worksite learning experiences for students as an extension of the classroom, outreach programs for students who will need post-twelfth grade remediation to attain the skills necessary to pass the MCAS exam and counseling programs to educate parents and high school students on post-twelfth grade remediation options; provided further, that funds shall be expended for a competitive grant program, guidelines for which shall be developed by the department of elementary and secondary education, for intensive remediation programs in communities with students in grades 8 through 12 and post-twelfth graders who have not obtained a competency determination or have scored in levels 1 or 2 on either the English or math MCAS exams or in level 1 on the science, technology and engineering MCAS; provided further, that the department of elementary and secondary education may give preference for assistance to those districts with a high percentage of high school students scoring in level 1 on the MCAS exam in English, math and science, technology and engineering; provided further, that eligible applicants shall include individual high schools and those institutions which shall have partnered with a high school or group of high schools; provided further, that no district shall receive a grant from this item until the district submits to the department of elementary and secondary education a comprehensive district plan under said section 1I of said chapter 69, to improve performance of all student populations including, but not limited to, students with disabilities; provided further, that the department shall issue a report not later than February 1, 2014, in collaboration with the department of higher education, describing MCAS support programs for the graduating classes of 2003 to 2018, inclusive, funded by this item and item 7027-0019, school to work accounts, institutions of public higher education and other sources; provided further, that such report shall include, but not be limited to, the number of students eligible to participate in the programs, the number of students participating in the programs, the number of students who have passed the MCAS assessment and obtained a competency determination through these programs but have not met local graduation requirements and the number of students who have passed the MCAS assessment and obtained a competency determination through these programs and met local graduation requirements; provided further, that the report shall be provided to the chairs of the house and senate committees on ways and means and the house and senate chairs of the joint committee on education; and provided further, that any grant funds distributed from this item to a city, town or regional school district shall be deposited with the treasurer of the city, town or regional school district and held in a separate account and, notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, shall be expended by the school committee of the city, town or regional school district without further appropriation
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