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Governor's Scholarship Program   

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(a) The Governor's Scholars Program is hereby established. This program shall provide a scholarship of one thousand dollars ($1,000) to each public high school pupil who, on or after January 1, 2000, demonstrates high academic achievement on the achievement test authorized by Section 60640. Pupils receiving a scholarship pursuant to this section shall be known as "Governor's Scholars."

(b) Until the State Board of Education determines that the English language arts and mathematics portions of the statewide pupil achievement test authorized by Section 60640 are aligned with the California academic content standards, and the standards aligned test is both valid and reliable for high stakes purposes, a pupil shall earn a scholarship pursuant to this section by satisfying either of the following criteria:

(1) Attaining a combined score on the reading and mathematics portions of the nationally normed achievement test adopted by the State Board of Education pursuant to Section 60642 that places him or her in the top 5 percent of test takers in his or her grade level statewide. A pupil attending any California public school, including those specified in subdivision (g) of Section 52052, is eligible to receive an award pursuant to this paragraph.

(2) Attaining a combined score on the nationally normed reading and mathematics portions of the achievement test adopted by the State Board of Education pursuant to Section 60642 that places him or her in the top 10 percent of test takers in his or her grade level in the comprehensive public high school attended by that pupil. When calculating the top 10 percent, the result shall be rounded to the nearest whole integer for the purpose of determining the number of awards in any high school. If this calculation results in a number of pupils less than one in any high school, there shall be one award at that school.

(c) Pupils earning an award pursuant to subdivision (b) may receive only one award in any given year. However, a pupil may earn a lifetime maximum of three awards by meeting the requirements of this section in each of grades 9, 10, and 11.

(d) Once the State Board of Education has determined that the English language arts and mathematics portions of the statewide pupil achievement test authorized by Section 60640 are aligned with the California academic content standards, and the standards aligned test is both valid and reliable for high stakes purposes, that test shall be used as the basis for the award of scholarships pursuant to subdivision (a).

(e) (1) For the purposes of this section, a "comprehensive high school" includes both of the following:

(A) The California Schools for the Deaf established pursuant to Chapter 1 (commencing with Section 59000) of Part 32.

(B) The California School for the Blind established pursuant to Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 59100) of Part 32.

(2) A pupil attending the California Schools for the Deaf or the California School for the Blind who met the criteria for an award pursuant to this section for tests taken in year 2000 shall receive an award for that year.

(f) Notwithstanding any other law, commencing with the 2003-04 fiscal year, funding for Governor's Scholar awards shall only be appropriated for qualifying recipients who are enrolled in the 12th grade, unless legislation enacted during the 2003-04 Regular Session specifies otherwise.

(Amended by Stats. 2003, Ch. 4 (SBX1), Sec. 11.)

Reference:

Education Code 60640

Education Code 60642

Education Code 52052

Education Code 59000

Education Code 59100