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H.B. 234





Chief Sponsor: LaWanna Lou Shurtliff

Senate Sponsor: Patricia W. Jones

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill modifies provisions regarding the administration of kindergarten readiness
             10      assessments.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    encourages schools to schedule the kindergarten readiness assessment early enough
             14      before the kindergarten starting date so that a parent has time to develop the child's
             15      needed skills as identified by the assessment.
             16      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             17          None
             18      Other Special Clauses:
             19          None
             20      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             21      AMENDS:
             22          53A-3-402.9, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2006, Chapter 98
             24      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             25          Section 1. Section 53A-3-402.9 is amended to read:
             26           53A-3-402.9. Assessment of emerging and early reading skills -- Resources
             27      provided by school districts.

             28          (1) The Legislature recognizes that well-developed reading skills help:
             29          (a) children to succeed in school, develop self esteem, and build positive relationships
             30      with others;
             31          (b) young adults to become independent learners; and
             32          (c) adults to become and remain productive members of a rapidly changing
             33      technology-based society.
             34          (2) (a) Each potential kindergarten student, the student's parent or guardian, and
             35      kindergarten personnel at the student's school may participate in an assessment of the student's
             36      reading and numeric skills.
             37          [(b) The assessment, if made, should take place in the spring prior to the kindergarten
             38      year, but no later than June 15th prior to the school year.]
             39          [(c)] (b) The State Office of Education, in cooperation with the state's school districts,
             40      may develop the assessment instrument and any additional materials needed to implement and
             41      supplement the assessment program.
             42          (3) The potential kindergarten student's teacher may use the assessment in planning and
             43      developing an instructional program to meet the student's identified needs.
             44          (4) (a) Each school is encouraged to schedule the assessment early enough before the
             45      kindergarten starting date so that a potential kindergarten student's parent or guardian has time
             46      to develop the child's needed skills as identified by the assessment.
             47          [(4)] (b) Based on the assessment under Subsection (2), the school shall provide the
             48      potential student's parent or guardian with appropriate resource materials to assist [them] the
             49      parent or guardian at home in the student's literacy development.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 8-24-07 9:15 AM

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