HB15-1323

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HB15-1323 - Changes To Assessments In Public Schools

Passed/Signed into Law
Concerning Assessments In Public Schools, And, In Connection Therewith, Codifying The Consensus Recommendations Of The Standards And Assessments Task Force Created In House Bill 14-1202.

Under existing law, the department of education (department) must administer a statewide assessment in:

  • English language arts to students enrolled in grades 3 through 10;
  • Math to students enrolled in grades 3 through 8 and 3 statewide assessments in math to students enrolled in a public high school in the state;
  • Science to students once in elementary school, once in middle school, and once in high school; and
  • Social studies to students once in elementary school, once in middle school, and once in high school.

The bill requires the department to administer a statewide assessment in:

  • English language arts and math to students enrolled in grades 3 through 8 and to students enrolled in grade 10; and
  • Science and social studies to students once in elementary school, once in middle school, and once in high school.

The bill prohibits the department from requiring a local education provider to administer any state assessments in eleventh or twelfth grade but allows a local education provider to administer a state assessment to eleventh- or twelfth-grade students. A local education provider may choose to administer, at the state's expense, a state assessment in English language arts or math or both to students enrolled in ninth grade. The department will continue administering the curriculum-based college entrance exam (ACT) to students in eleventh grade.

The bill requires the department to request a waiver of federal law to enable a local education provider to administer a state assessment that is in a language other than English for up to 5 years to a student who is an English language learner.

The bill requires the department to administer a state assessment in a format that a student can complete using pencil and paper if requested by a local education provider. Each local education provider must adopt a written policy by which it decides, in consultation with schools and parents, whether to request pencil and paper state assessments for the students enrolled by the local education provider.

Under existing law, a local education provider must administer a reading assessment and a school readiness assessment to kindergarten students. The bill requires the local education provider to administer the reading assessment within the first 90 days of the school year. If the local education provider administers the reading assessment within the first 60 days of the school year, then the local education provider is not required to administer the literacy component of the school readiness assessment.

Under the bill, if a kindergarten or first-, second-, or third-grade student's score on a state-approved literacy assessment indicates that the student may have a significant reading deficiency, the teacher must assess the student again within 60 days to determine whether the student does have a significant reading deficiency. If a student's score on a state-approved literacy assessment indicates that the student is reading at grade-level competency, then the local education provider is not required to administer the reading assessment again during the same school year. The bill requires the department to ensure that at least one of the approved reading assessments can be completed using pencil and paper.

Under existing law, each local education provider must administer a school readiness assessment to students in kindergarten and prepare an individual school readiness plan for each student. The bill requires the local education provider to administer the school readiness assessment during the first 60 days of the school year. A local education provider may choose to administer the school readiness assessment multiple times during the school year to monitor a student's progress toward school readiness. If a kindergarten student demonstrates a significant reading deficiency, the "Reading to Ensure Academic Development" plan that the local education provider creates for the student will be a component of the student's individual school readiness plan.

The bill repeals the existing statute that governs state assessments. The bill recreates the statutory provisions that relate to testing in languages other than English, testing children with disabilities, exempting from testing the children that participate in nonpublic, home-based educational programs and nonpublic schools, administering the ACT to eleventh-grade students, disseminating and using test results, allowing nonpublic schools to administer the state assessments, and appropriating moneys to fund the state assessments.

The bill repeals references to the postsecondary and workforce planning, preparation, and readiness assessments and clarifies that students' demonstration of postsecondary and workforce readiness is determined in part by scores on the state assessments administered in high school.

Latest update: May 20, 2015
05/20/2015 Governor Signed
05/18/2015 Sent to the Governor
05/18/2015 Signed by the President of the Senate
05/14/2015 Signed by the Speaker of the House
05/06/2015 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
05/06/2015 Senate Third Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor
05/05/2015 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
05/05/2015 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
05/04/2015 Senate Committee on Education Refer Amended to Appropriations
05/04/2015 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Education
05/01/2015 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
04/27/2015 House Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
04/24/2015 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
04/20/2015 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
04/17/2015 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
04/13/2015 House Committee on Education Refer Amended to Appropriations
03/30/2015 Introduced In House - Assigned to Education