Legislation Update - 08/15/2011

SB 532 (Hernandez) Pupil Instruction: High School Curriculum: International Baccalaureate Program

The IB bill SB 532 (Hernandez) is scheduled to be heard in the Assembly Education Committee on Wednesday, June 22. This bill has been amended to require the State Superintendent to annually update information regarding IB programs on the CDE’s website. It also requires the State Superintendent to provide support to high schools that offer IB programs to facilitate communication with the Academic Senate for the California Community Colleges, the Academic Senate of the California State University, and the Academic Senate of the University of California about the rigor of those courses and to ensure that college credit is given to pupils who participate so they benefit from successful efforts in IB programs. This bill also encourages the Academic Senates to continue their efforts to adopt consistent system wide guidelines for the acceptance and granting of credit for IB courses.

As you know, in 2003 the UC Academic Senate reviewed and compared all IB curriculum guides and developed a list of honors designations for IB classes. Our goal is for the higher educational systems to have consistent guidelines for the acceptance and granting advanced placement credit for IB courses.

We have been told that our bill has been recommended to be placed in the consent calendar! Once the bill is out of the policy committee, it will be sent to the Assembly Floor.

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