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– School age, revised
HOUSE BILL NO. 551
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SCHOOL AGE - Amends existing law to revise provisions relating to school
age for purposes of enrolling a child in first grade.
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]]]] LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO ]]]]
Fifty-ninth Legislature Second Regular Session - 2008
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
HOUSE BILL NO. 551
BY EDUCATION COMMITTEE
1 AN ACT
2 RELATING TO EDUCATION; AMENDING SECTION 33-201, IDAHO CODE, TO REVISE PROVI-
3 SIONS RELATING TO SCHOOL AGE FOR PURPOSES OF ENROLLMENT IN FIRST GRADE AND
4 TO MAKE A TECHNICAL CORRECTION.
5 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:
6 SECTION 1. That Section 33-201, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby
7 amended to read as follows:
8 33-201. SCHOOL AGE. The services of the public schools of this state are
9 extended to any acceptable person of school age. "School age" is defined as
10 including all persons resident of the state, between the ages of five (5) and
11 twenty-one (21) years. For the purposes of this section, the age of five (5)
12 years shall be attained when the fifth anniversary of birth occurs on or
13 before the first day of September of the school year in which the child is to
14 enroll in kindergarten. For a child enrolling in the first grade, the age of
15 six (6) years must be reached on or before the first day of September of the
16 school year in which the child is to enroll. Any child of the age of five (5)
17 years who has completed a private kindergarten in this state or another state
18 or a public out-of-state kindergarten for the required four hundred fifty
19 (450) hours but has not reached the "school age" requirement in Idaho shall be
20 allowed to enter the first grade following successful completion of an assess-
21 ment designed by the state department of education and administered by the
22 school ten (10) working days prior to the start of the school's school year.
23 The assessment designed by the state department of education shall ascertain
24 the child's readiness to enter and be successful in the first grade.
25 For resident children with disabilities who qualify for special education
26 and related services under the federal individuals with disabilities education
27 act (IDEA) and subsequent amendments thereto, and applicable state and federal
28 regulations, "school age" shall begin at the attainment of age three (3) years
29 and shall continue through the semester of school in which the student attains
30 the age of twenty-one (21) years.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
RS 17708 C1
This legislation will amend section 33-201 of Idaho Code by
revising the provisions relating to school age for purposes of
enrollment in first grade. This legislation will allow any child
who is of five years of age and who has completed private
kindergarten in this state or another state, or public out-of-
state kindergarten, but has not reached the "school age"
requirement in Idaho the opportunity to enter the first grade.
Their entrance into the first grade will be permitted following
successful completion of an assessment designed by the state
department of education to gauge their readiness to enter the
A cost of ten-thousand dollars is requested to cover the travel
expenses of committee members to create the assessment and to
provide for any review of the assessment to take place.
Name: Senator Joyce Broadsword
Representative Wendy Jaquet
Rep. Donna Pence
Rep. Mary Lou Shepard
Rep. Richard Wills
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE/FISCAL NOTE H 551