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H.B. 142






Sponsor: Carl R. Saunders

             6      This act modifies the State System of Public Education. This act amends various
             7      achievement test requirements to include physical fitness and nutrition. This act requires
             8      an activity-based assessment of physical fitness in grades 4, 6, 8, and 10, beginning with the
             9      2003-04 school year. This act specifies that physical fitness and nutrition are included in the
             10      core curriculum training emphasis. This act specifies requirements for the sale of food
             11      through vending machines at school. This act specifies requirements for the sale of food at
             12      school. This act makes technical changes and provides a coordination clause.
             13      This act affects sections of Utah Code Annotated 1953 as follows:
             14      AMENDS:
             15          53A-1-602, as last amended by Chapter 219, Laws of Utah 2000
             16          53A-1-603, as last amended by Chapter 219, Laws of Utah 2000
             17          53A-1-604, as last amended by Chapter 219, Laws of Utah 2000
             18          53A-1-611, as last amended by Chapter 219, Laws of Utah 2000
             19      ENACTS:
             20          53A-15-1001, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             21          53A-15-1002, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             22      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             23          Section 1. Section 53A-1-602 is amended to read:
             24           53A-1-602. Definitions.
             25          As used in this part:
             26          (1) "Achievement test" means a standardized test which measures or attempts to measure
             27      the level of performance which a student has attained in one or more courses of study.

             28      Achievement tests shall include norm-referenced and criterion-referenced tests.
             29          (2) "Basic skills course" means a subject which requires mastery of specific functions, as
             30      defined under rules made by the State Board of Education, to include reading, language arts,
             31      mathematics through geometry, science, in grades 4 through 12, [and] effectiveness of written
             32      expression, physical fitness, and nutrition.
             33          (3) "Constructed response" means an answer to a question on a criterion-referenced test
             34      that requires a student to provide other than a "true-false" or "multiple choice" response.
             35          (4) "Utah Performance Assessment System for Students" or "U-PASS" means:
             36          (a) systematic norm-referenced achievement testing of all students in grades 3, 5, 8, and
             37      11 required by this part in all schools within each school district by means of tests designated by
             38      the State Board of Education;
             39          (b) criterion-referenced achievement testing of students in all grade levels in basic skills
             40      courses, except as otherwise provided for science in Subsection (2), to include constructed
             41      responses to questions on a pilot basis for tests administered during the 2002-03 and 2003-04
             42      school years, except science tests, and the inclusion of constructed response questions on all
             43      criterion-referenced tests, except science tests, administered during the 2004-05 school year and
             44      for each year thereafter;
             45          (c) beginning with the 2001-02 school year, a direct writing assessment in grades 6 and
             46      9;
             47          (d) beginning with the 2002-03 school year, a tenth grade basic skills competency test as
             48      detailed in Section 53A-1-611 ; [and]
             49          (e) beginning with the 2002-03 school year, the use of student behavior indicators in
             50      assessing student performance[.]; and
             51          (f) beginning with the 2003-04 school year, an activity-based assessment of physical
             52      fitness in grades 4, 6, 8, and 10.
             53          Section 2. Section 53A-1-603 is amended to read:
             54           53A-1-603. Duties of State Board of Education.
             55          (1) The State Board of Education shall:
             56          (a) require each school district to implement the Utah Performance Assessment System
             57      for Students, hereafter referred to as U-PASS;
             58          (b) require the state superintendent of public instruction to submit and recommend

             59      criterion-referenced and norm-referenced achievement tests, a tenth grade basic skills competency
             60      test, [and] a direct writing assessment for grades 6 and 9, and an activity-based assessment of
             61      physical fitness in grades 4, 6, 8, and 10 to the board for approval and adoption and distribution
             62      to each school district by the state superintendent;
             63          (c) develop an assessment method to uniformly measure statewide performance, school
             64      district performance, and school performance of students in grades 1 through 12 in mastering basic
             65      skills courses; and
             66          (d) provide for the state to participate in the National Assessment of Educational Progress
             67      state-by-state comparison testing program.
             68          (2) Under U-PASS, the state office shall annually require that each district administer:
             69          (a) a statewide norm-referenced test to all students in grades 3, 5, 8, and 11;
             70          (b) statewide criterion-referenced tests in all grade levels and courses in basic skill areas
             71      of the core curriculum;
             72          (c) a direct writing assessment to all students in grades 6 and 9, with the first assessment
             73      to be administered during the 2001-02 school year; [and]
             74          (d) an activity-based assessment of physical fitness in grades 4, 6, 8, and 10, with the first
             75      assessment to be administered during the 2003-04 school year; and
             76          [(d)] (e) a tenth grade basic skills competency test as detailed in Section 53A-1-611 , with
             77      the first test to be administered during the 2002-03 school year.
             78          (3) The board shall adopt rules for the conduct and administration of U-PASS to include
             79      the following:
             80          (a) the computation of student performance based on information that is disaggregated
             81      with respect to race, ethnicity, gender, and socioeconomic status;
             82          (b) security features to maintain the integrity of the system, which could include statewide
             83      uniform testing dates, multiple test forms, and test administration protocols;
             84          (c) the exemption of student test scores, by exemption category, such as limited English
             85      proficiency, mobility, and students with disabilities, with the percent or number of student test
             86      scores exempted being publically reported at a district level;
             87          (d) compiling of criterion-referenced and direct writing test scores and test score averages
             88      at the classroom level to allow for:
             89          (i) an annual review of those scores by parents of students and professional and other

             90      appropriate staff at the classroom level at the earliest point in time and consistent with the timeline
             91      of the phase-in referred to in Sections 53A-1-602 and 53A-1-603 , but no later than by the end of
             92      the school year;
             93          (ii) the assessment of year-to-year student progress in specific classes, courses, and
             94      subjects; and
             95          (iii) a teacher to review, prior to the beginning of a new school year, test scores from the
             96      previous school year of students who have been assigned to the teacher's class for the new school
             97      year; and
             98          (e) providing that:
             99          (i) scores on the tests and assessments required under Subsections (2)(a) and (b) shall be
             100      considered in determining a student's academic grade for the appropriate course and whether a
             101      student shall advance to the next grade level; and
             102          (ii) the student's score on the tenth grade basic skills competency test shall be recorded on
             103      the student's transcript of credits.
             104          Section 3. Section 53A-1-604 is amended to read:
             105           53A-1-604. Test development, publication, and administration.
             106          (1) The State Board of Education shall develop, publish, and administer
             107      criterion-referenced tests and other assessments referred to in Subsections 53A-1-603 (2)(c) and
             108      [(d)] (e) of its own devising and incorporate existing norm-referenced tests and assessment
             109      programs into U-PASS.
             110          (2) The board may use the expert services of any persons or groups of persons in the public
             111      or private sector in evaluating current tests and assessment programs, in developing, publishing,
             112      and administering new tests, or both.
             113          (3) The board shall develop assessment tools in such a manner and on such a timeline as
             114      to ensure full implementation of U-PASS by the 2004-05 school year.
             115          Section 4. Section 53A-1-611 is amended to read:
             116           53A-1-611. Standards and assessment processes to measure student performance --
             117      Basic skills competency test.
             118          (1) The Legislature recognizes the need for the State Board of Education to develop and
             119      implement standards and assessment processes to ensure that student progress is measured and that
             120      school boards and school personnel are accountable.

             121          (2) (a) In addition to its responsibilities under Sections 53A-1-603 through 53A-1-605 , the
             122      State Board of Education, through the state superintendent of public instruction, shall design a
             123      basic skills competency test to be administered in the tenth grade.
             124          (b) A student must pass the basic skills competency test, in addition to the established
             125      requirements of the state and local board of education of the district in which the student attends
             126      school, in order to receive a basic high school diploma of graduation.
             127          (c) The state board shall include in the test, at a minimum, components on English
             128      language arts and reading [and], mathematics, physical fitness, and nutrition.
             129          (d) A student who fails to pass all components of the test may not receive a basic high
             130      school diploma but may receive a certificate of completion or alternative completion diploma
             131      under rules made by the State Board of Education in accordance with Title 63, Chapter 46a, Utah
             132      Administrative Rulemaking Act.
             133          (e) The state board shall make rules:
             134          (i) to allow students who initially fail the test to retake all or part of the test; and
             135          (ii) that take into account and are consistent with federal law relating to students with
             136      disabilities in the administration of the test.
             137          (3) The state board shall implement the tenth grade basic skills competency test, no later
             138      than the beginning of the 2002-03 school year, except that the components on physical fitness and
             139      nutrition shall be implemented no later than the beginning of the 2003-04 school year.
             140          (4) The requirements of this section are to be complementary to the other achievement
             141      testing provisions of this part.
             142          Section 5. Section 53A-15-1001 is enacted to read:
Part 10. Nutrition Promotion

             144          53A-15-1001. Vending machines.
             145          (1) As used in this section, "choice" means each individual selection option within a
             146      particular vending machine.
             147          (2) Beginning with the 2001-02 school year, if a school sells, or allows to be sold, on its
             148      premises food products through vending machines, the school shall ensure:
             149          (a) that for each choice of a beverage considered a "food of minimal nutritional value" by
             150      the U.S. Department of Agriculture under the National School Lunch Program, a choice of a
             151      beverage other than a "food of minimal nutritional value" shall be offered in the same machine,

             152      where possible, or in another machine, with preference given to milk, 100% fruit juice, and
             153      noncaffeinated water; and
             154          (b) that where items other than beverages are sold through vending machines, those items
             155      include in the same machine, where possible, or in another machine, fruit, fruit products, milk
             156      products, or vegetables.
             157          Section 6. Section 53A-15-1002 is enacted to read:
             158          53A-15-1002. Food choice requirements.
             159          Any school that sells food, or allows another entity to sell food, on its premises during the
             160      breakfast or lunch periods, shall ensure that:
             161          (1) the food sold, except for food sold through vending machines operated outside the
             162      cafeteria, does not include food considered "food of minimal nutritional value" by the U.S.
             163      Department of Agriculture under the National School Lunch Program;
             164          (2) the food complies with U.S. Department of Agriculture dietary guidelines and includes
             165      fruit, fruit products, milk products, and vegetables; and
             166          (3) if the food includes food for which the school receives reimbursement under the
             167      National School Breakfast Program under 42 U.S.C. 1773 or the National School Lunch Program
             168      under 42 U.S.C. 1751, the choices of nonreimbursed food offered to students by the school or
             169      others consist primarily of fruit, fruit products, milk products, and vegetables.
             170          Section 7. Coordination clause.
             171          If this bill and H.B. 3, Minimum School Program Act Amendments, both pass, it is the
             172      intent of the Legislature that Subsection 53A-17a-124.1 (1) in H.B. 3 shall be amended as follows:
             173          After "with emphases on language arts/reading, mathematics, science," insert "physical
             174      fitness, nutrition,".

Legislative Review Note
    as of 2-1-01 1:35 PM

A limited legal review of this legislation raises no obvious constitutional or statutory concerns.

Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel

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