Sections
Article 1 Curriculum 15-701 – 15-720.02
Article 2 Courses of Study and Textbooks 15-721 – 15-730
Article 2.1 Accessibility to Textbooks and Instructional Material 15-731 – 15-732
Article 3 Assessment and Accountability 15-741 – 15-746
Article 3.1 English Language Education for Children in Public Schools 15-751 – 15-757
Article 4 Special Education for Exceptional Children 15-761 – 15-774
Article 4.1 Gifted Education for Gifted Children 15-779 – 15-779.04
Article 5 Career and Technical Education and Vocational Education 15-781 – 15-791
Article 6 Board Examination System 15-792 – 15-792.03
Article 6.1 Competency-Based College-Ready Educational Pathways 15-795 – 15-795.01
Article 7 Alternative Education Programs 15-796 – 15-798

Terms Used In Arizona Laws > Title 15 > Chapter 7

  • Accessible electronic file: means , until a national file format is adopted by the United States department of education, a digital file in a mutually agreed on by the publisher and the local educational agency electronic file format that has been prepared using a markup language that maintains the structural integrity of the information and can be processed by conversion software. See Arizona Laws 15-731
  • Accommodation school: means either:

    (a) A school that is operated through the county board of supervisors and the county school superintendent and that the county school superintendent administers to serve a military reservation or territory that is not included within the boundaries of a school district. See Arizona Laws 15-101

  • Adult: means a person who has attained eighteen years of age. See Arizona Laws 1-215
  • Amendment: A proposal to alter the text of a pending bill or other measure by striking out some of it, by inserting new language, or both. Before an amendment becomes part of the measure, thelegislature must agree to it.
  • Appropriation: The provision of funds, through an annual appropriations act or a permanent law, for federal agencies to make payments out of the Treasury for specified purposes. The formal federal spending process consists of two sequential steps: authorization
  • Average daily membership: means the total enrollment of fractional students and full-time students, minus withdrawals, of each school day through the first one hundred days or two hundred days in session, as applicable, for the current year. See Arizona Laws 15-901
  • Bank: means a corporation that holds a banking permit issued pursuant to chapter 2 of this title. See Arizona Laws 6-101
  • Base: means the revenue level per student count specified by the legislature. See Arizona Laws 15-901
  • Base support level: means the base support level as provided in section 15-943. See Arizona Laws 15-901
  • Board examination system: means a complete instructional system that includes all of the following components:

    (a) A coherent group of courses that collectively constitutes a core curriculum at the high school level. See Arizona Laws 15-792.01

  • Capital: means share accounts, reserves and undivided earnings. See Arizona Laws 6-501
  • Career and technical education and vocational education: means vocational and technical preparation programs for pupils in grades nine through twelve. See Arizona Laws 15-781
  • Charter school: means a public school established by contract with the state board of education, the state board for charter schools, a university under the jurisdiction of the Arizona board of regents, a community college district or a group of community college districts pursuant to article 8 of this chapter to provide learning that will improve pupil achievement. See Arizona Laws 15-101
  • Child with a disability: means a pupil who is subject to an individualized education program pursuant to the individuals with disabilities education act (20 United States Code sections 1400 through 1415) or a pupil with a section 504 plan, and whose section 504 accommodation plan requires the use of instructional materials in a specialized format. See Arizona Laws 15-731
  • Child with a disability: means a child with a disability as defined in section 15-761. See Arizona Laws 15-101
  • Common school district: means a political subdivision of this state offering instruction to students in programs for preschool children with disabilities and kindergarten programs and either:

    (a) Grades one through eight. See Arizona Laws 15-901

  • Competency: means a demonstrated ability in a skill at a specified performance level. See Arizona Laws 15-101
  • Course: means organized subject matter in which instruction is offered within a given period of time and for which credit toward promotion, graduation or certification is usually given. See Arizona Laws 15-101
  • Course of study: means a list of required and optional subjects to be taught in the schools. See Arizona Laws 15-101
  • Credit union: means a cooperative nonprofit association which is incorporated under this chapter for the purposes of encouraging thrift among its members and creating a source of credit and other financial services at fair and reasonable cost. See Arizona Laws 6-501
  • Current year: means the fiscal year in which a school district is operating. See Arizona Laws 15-901
  • Daily attendance: means :

    (a) For common schools, days in which a pupil:

    (i) Of a kindergarten program or ungraded, but not group B children with disabilities, who is at least five, but under six, years of age by September 1 attends at least three-quarters of the instructional time scheduled for the day. See Arizona Laws 15-901

  • Developmental delay: means performance by a child who is at least three years of age but under ten years of age on a norm-referenced test that measures at least one and one-half, but not more than three, standard deviations below the mean for children of the same chronological age in two or more of the following areas:

    (a) Cognitive development. See Arizona Laws 15-761

  • Dual enrollment course: means a college-level course that is conducted on the campus of a high school or on the campus of a career technical education district, that is applicable to an established community college academic degree or certificate program and that is transferable to a university under the jurisdiction of the Arizona board of regents. See Arizona Laws 15-101
  • Due process hearing: means a fair and impartial administrative hearing conducted by the state educational agency by an impartial administrative law judge in accordance with federal and state law. See Arizona Laws 15-761
  • ELL: means English learners who do not speak English or whose native language is not English, who are not currently able to perform ordinary classroom work in English and who are enrolled in an English language education program pursuant to sections 15-751, 15-752 and 15-753. See Arizona Laws 15-901
  • enrollment: means that a pupil is currently registered in the school district. See Arizona Laws 15-901
  • Entitlement: A Federal program or provision of law that requires payments to any person or unit of government that meets the eligibility criteria established by law. Entitlements constitute a binding obligation on the part of the Federal Government, and eligible recipients have legal recourse if the obligation is not fulfilled. Social Security and veterans' compensation and pensions are examples of entitlement programs.
  • Fiscal year: means the year beginning July 1 and ending June 30. See Arizona Laws 15-101
  • Full-time student: means :

    (i) For common schools, a student who is at least six years of age before January 1 of a school year, who has not graduated from the highest grade taught in the school district and who is regularly enrolled in a course of study required by the state board of education. See Arizona Laws 15-901

  • Gift: A voluntary transfer or conveyance of property without consideration, or for less than full and adequate consideration based on fair market value.
  • Gifted education: means appropriate academic course offerings and services that are required to provide an educational program that is an integral part of the regular school day and that is commensurate with the academic abilities and potential of a gifted pupil. See Arizona Laws 15-779
  • Gifted pupil: means a child who is of lawful school age, who due to superior intellect or advanced learning ability, or both, is not afforded an opportunity for otherwise attainable progress and development in regular classroom instruction and who needs appropriate gifted education services, to achieve at levels commensurate with the child's intellect and ability. See Arizona Laws 15-779
  • Governing board: means a body organized for the government and management of the schools within a school district or a county school superintendent in the conduct of an accommodation school. See Arizona Laws 15-101
  • Grand Canyon diploma: means a high school diploma that is offered to any student who demonstrates readiness for college level mathematics and English according to standards prescribed by an interstate compact on board examination systems, who has passing grades on an additional set of required approved board examinations in core academic courses as determined by the state board of education, including the arts, history and science, and who successfully completes a course in economics. See Arizona Laws 15-792.01
  • Group A: means educational programs for career exploration, a specific learning disability, an emotional disability, a mild intellectual disability, remedial education, a speech/language impairment, developmental delay, homebound, bilingual, other health impairments and gifted pupils. See Arizona Laws 15-901
  • Group B: means educational improvements for pupils in kindergarten programs and grades one through three, educational programs for autism, a hearing impairment, a moderate intellectual disability, multiple disabilities, multiple disabilities with severe sensory impairment, orthopedic impairments, preschool severe delay, a severe intellectual disability and emotional disabilities for school age pupils enrolled in private special education programs or in school district programs for children with severe disabilities or visual impairment and English learners enrolled in a program to promote English language proficiency pursuant to section 15-752. See Arizona Laws 15-901
  • Guarantor: A party who agrees to be responsible for the payment of another party's debts should that party default. Source: OCC
  • Guardian: A person legally empowered and charged with the duty of taking care of and managing the property of another person who because of age, intellect, or health, is incapable of managing his (her) own affairs.
  • Hearing impairment: means a loss of hearing acuity, as determined by evaluation pursuant to section 15-766, that interferes with the child's performance in the educational environment and requires the provision of special education and related services. See Arizona Laws 15-761
  • Home school district: means the school district in which the person resides who has legal custody of the child, as provided in section 15-824, subsection B. See Arizona Laws 15-761
  • Individualized education program: means a written statement, as defined in 20 United States Code sections 1401 and 1412, for providing special education and related services to a child with a disability. See Arizona Laws 15-761
  • Individualized education program team: means a team whose task is to develop an appropriate educational program for the child and has the same meaning prescribed in 20 United States Code section 1414. See Arizona Laws 15-761
  • Insuring organization: means the national credit union administration or successor organization or any other equivalent insurer approved by the superintendent. See Arizona Laws 6-501
  • Lease: means an agreement for conveyance and possession of real or personal property. See Arizona Laws 15-101
  • Markup: The process by which congressional committees and subcommittees debate, amend, and rewrite proposed legislation.
  • Nontest: means not relating to knowledge or skills in reading, writing, mathematics, social studies, science or any other course. See Arizona Laws 15-101
  • Obligation: An order placed, contract awarded, service received, or similar transaction during a given period that will require payments during the same or a future period.
  • Organization: means any corporation, association, partnership, society, firm, syndicate, trust or other legal entity. See Arizona Laws 6-501
  • Out-of-home care: means the placement of a child with a disability outside of the home environment and includes twenty-four hour residential care, group care or foster care on either a full-time or part-time basis. See Arizona Laws 15-761
  • Parent: means the natural or adoptive parent of a child or a person who has custody of a child. See Arizona Laws 15-101
  • Parent: means :

    (a) Either a natural or adoptive parent of a child. See Arizona Laws 15-761

  • Person: includes a corporation, company, partnership, firm, association or society, as well as a natural person. See Arizona Laws 1-215
  • person: means an individual, partnership, corporation, association or public or private organization of any kind. See Arizona Laws 15-101
  • Personal property: includes money, goods, chattels, things in action and evidences of debt. See Arizona Laws 1-215
  • Preschool child: means a child who is at least three years of age but who has not reached the required age for kindergarten, subject to section 15-771, subsection G. See Arizona Laws 15-761
  • Preschool severe delay: means performance by a preschool child on a norm-referenced test that measures more than three standard deviations below the mean for children of the same chronological age in one or more of the following areas:

    (a) Cognitive development. See Arizona Laws 15-761

  • Presiding officer: A majority-party Senator who presides over the Senate and is charged with maintaining order and decorum, recognizing Members to speak, and interpreting the Senate's rules, practices and precedents.
  • Prior written notice: means written prior notice that a public educational agency is required to send to parents whenever the public educational agency proposes or refuses to initiate or change the identification, evaluation or educational placement of a child with a disability or the provision of a free appropriate public education. See Arizona Laws 15-761
  • Private school: means a nonpublic institution where instruction is imparted. See Arizona Laws 15-101
  • Probable cause: A reasonable ground for belief that the offender violated a specific law.
  • Program improvement services: means those activities, services and functions carried out to develop, support and improve the quality of career and technical education and vocational education programs, including teacher education, curriculum, guidance and administration. See Arizona Laws 15-781
  • Public educational agency: means a school district, a charter school, an accommodation school, a state supported institution or any other political subdivision of this state that is responsible for providing education to children with disabilities. See Arizona Laws 15-761
  • public school: means any public institution established for the purposes of offering instruction to pupils in programs for preschool children with disabilities, kindergarten programs or any combination of elementary grades or secondary grades one through twelve. See Arizona Laws 15-101
  • Regular school day: means the regularly scheduled class periods intended for instructional purposes. See Arizona Laws 15-901
  • Related services: means those supportive services, as defined in 20 United States Code section 1401, that are required to assist a child with a disability who is eligible to receive special education services in order for the child to benefit from special education. See Arizona Laws 15-761
  • Residential special education placement: means the placement of a child with a disability in a public or private residential program, as provided in section 15-765, subsection G, in order to provide necessary special education and related services as specified in the child's individualized education program. See Arizona Laws 15-761
  • Risk assets: includes all assets of the credit union except the following:

    (a) Cash on hand. See Arizona Laws 6-501

  • School district: means a political subdivision of this state with geographic boundaries organized for the purpose of the administration, support and maintenance of the public schools or an accommodation school. See Arizona Laws 15-101
  • Special education: means specially designed instruction that meets the unique needs of a child with a disability and that is provided without cost to the parents of the child. See Arizona Laws 15-761
  • Special education referral: means a written request for an evaluation to determine whether a pupil is eligible for special education services that, for referrals not initiated by a parent, includes documentation of appropriate efforts to educate the pupil in the regular education program. See Arizona Laws 15-761
  • Specially designed instruction: means adapting the content, methodology or delivery of instruction to address the unique needs of a child with a disability and to ensure that child's access to the general curriculum as identified in the academic standards adopted by the state board of education. See Arizona Laws 15-761
  • State educational agency: means the Arizona department of education. See Arizona Laws 15-761
  • Student count: means average daily membership as prescribed in this subsection for the fiscal year before the current year, except that for the purpose of budget preparation student count means average daily membership as prescribed in this subsection for the current year. See Arizona Laws 15-901
  • Subject: means a division or field of organized knowledge, such as English or mathematics, or a selection from an organized body of knowledge for a course or teaching unit, such as the English novel or elementary algebra. See Arizona Laws 15-101
  • Superintendent: means the superintendent of financial institutions. See Arizona Laws 6-101
  • Surrogate parent: means a person who has been appointed by the court or by the department of education pursuant to section 15-763. See Arizona Laws 15-761
  • Transcript: A written, word-for-word record of what was said, either in a proceeding such as a trial or during some other conversation, as in a transcript of a hearing or oral deposition.
  • Trustee: A person or institution holding and administering property in trust.
  • Unified school district: means a political subdivision of this state offering instruction to students in programs for preschool children with disabilities and kindergarten programs and grades one through twelve. See Arizona Laws 15-901
  • Vendor: means a person or entity that offers printed or nonprinted instructional materials for commercial sale to a school district and other public schools. See Arizona Laws 15-731