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7 LONG TITLE
8 Committee Note:
9 The Education Interim Committee recommended this bill.
10 General Description:
11 This bill modifies the Utah Performance Assessment System for Students (U-PASS),
12 including requiring school districts and charter schools to administer computer adaptive
13 tests aligned with the common core.
14 Highlighted Provisions:
15 This bill:
16 . requires school districts and charter schools to administer computer adaptive tests
17 aligned with the common core beginning with the 2014-15 school year;
18 . eliminates an assessment system pilot program;
19 . requires the State Board of Education to make rules for:
20 . applying for and awarding money for computer adaptive tests;
21 . allocating money for computer adaptive tests to school districts and charter
22 schools who qualify for the money; and
23 . reporting the expenditure of money for computer adaptive tests; and
24 . makes technical amendments.
25 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
26 This bill appropriates:
27 . to the State Board of Education, as on ongoing appropriation:
28 . from the Education Fund, $6,700,000.
29 Other Special Clauses:
30 This bill takes effect on July 1, 2012.
31 Utah Code Sections Affected:
33 53A-1-602, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2010, Chapters 11 and 305
34 53A-1-603, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2010, Chapters 11 and 305
35 53A-1-611, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2010, Chapters 305 and 395
36 63I-2-253, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2011, Chapters 303, 330, and 419
38 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
39 Section 1. Section 53A-1-602 is amended to read:
40 53A-1-602. Definitions.
41 As used in this part:
42 (1) "Basic skills course" means a subject which requires mastery of specific functions,
43 as defined under rules made by the State Board of Education, to include reading, language arts,
44 mathematics [
45 effectiveness of written expression.
46 (2) "Common core" means a core set of English language arts and mathematics
47 standards developed by states and adopted by the State Board of Education which define the
48 knowledge and skills students should have in kindergarten through grade 12 to enable them to
49 be prepared for college or workforce training.
51 (a) as determined by the State Board of Education, criterion-referenced achievement
52 testing or online computer adaptive testing of students in grades 3 through 12 in basic skills
54 (b) an online writing assessment in grades 5 and 8;
55 (c) a tenth grade basic skills competency test as detailed in Section 53A-1-611 ;
56 (d) the use of student behavior indicators in assessing student performance; and
57 (e) testing of students in grade 3 to measure reading grade level.
58 Section 2. Section 53A-1-603 is amended to read:
59 53A-1-603. Duties of State Board of Education.
60 (1) [
61 (a) require each school district and charter school to implement the Utah Performance
62 Assessment System for Students, hereafter referred to as U-PASS;
63 (b) require the state superintendent of public instruction to submit and recommend
64 criterion-referenced achievement tests or online computer adaptive tests, a tenth grade basic
65 skills competency test, an online writing assessment for grades 5 and 8, and a test for students
66 in grade 3 to measure reading grade level to the board for approval and adoption and
67 distribution to each school district and charter school by the state superintendent;
68 (c) develop an assessment method to uniformly measure statewide performance, school
69 district performance, and school performance of students in grades 3 through 12 in mastering
70 basic skills courses; and
71 (d) provide for the state to participate in the National Assessment of Educational
72 Progress state-by-state comparison testing program.
73 (2) Except as provided in Subsection [
74 U-PASS, the [
75 district and charter school, as applicable, to administer:
76 (a) as determined by the State Board of Education, statewide criterion-referenced tests
77 or online computer adaptive tests in grades 3 through 12 and courses in basic skill areas of the
78 core curriculum;
79 (b) an online writing assessment to all students in grades 5 and 8;
80 (c) a tenth grade basic skills competency test as detailed in Section 53A-1-611 ; and
81 (d) a test to all students in grade 3 to measure reading grade level.
82 (3) Beginning with the 2014-15 school year, the State Board of Education shall
83 annually require each school district and charter school, as applicable, to administer a computer
84 adaptive assessment system that is:
85 (a) adopted by the State Board of Education; and
86 (b) aligned to the common core.
88 include the following:
89 (a) the computation of student performance based on information that is disaggregated
90 with respect to race, ethnicity, gender, limited English proficiency, and those students who
91 qualify for free or reduced price school lunch;
92 (b) security features to maintain the integrity of the system, which could include
93 statewide uniform testing dates, multiple test forms, and test administration protocols;
94 (c) the exemption of student test scores, by exemption category, such as limited
95 English proficiency, mobility, and students with disabilities, with the percent or number of
96 student test scores exempted being publically reported at a district level;
97 (d) compiling of criterion-referenced, online computer adaptive, and online writing test
98 scores and test score averages at the classroom level to allow for:
99 (i) an annual review of those scores by parents of students and professional and other
100 appropriate staff at the classroom level at the earliest point in time;
101 (ii) the assessment of year-to-year student progress in specific classes, courses, and
103 (iii) a teacher to review, prior to the beginning of a new school year, test scores from
104 the previous school year of students who have been assigned to the teacher's class for the new
105 school year; [
107 scored electronically to accelerate the review of test scores and their usefulness to parents and
108 educators under [
109 integrity of U-PASS; and
111 (i) scores on the tests and assessments required under Subsection (2)(a) and Subsection
112 (3) shall be considered in determining a student's academic grade for the appropriate course and
113 whether a student shall advance to the next grade level; and
114 (ii) except as provided in Subsection 53A-1-611 (6), the student's score on the tenth
115 grade basic skills competency test shall be recorded on the student's transcript of credits.
117 competency test on a Saturday to preserve instructional time.
138 (6) (a) A school district or charter school, as applicable, is encouraged to administer an
139 online writing assessment to students in grade 11.
140 (b) The State Board of Education may award a grant to a school district or charter
141 school to pay for an online writing assessment and instruction program that may be used to
142 assess the writing of students in grade 11.
155 (7) The State Board of Education shall make rules:
156 (a) establishing procedures for applying for and awarding money for computer adaptive
158 (b) specifying how money for computer adaptive tests shall be allocated among school
159 districts and charter schools that qualify to receive the money; and
160 (c) requiring reporting of the expenditure of money awarded for computer adaptive
161 testing and evidence that the money was used to implement computer adaptive testing.
162 Section 3. Section 53A-1-611 is amended to read:
163 53A-1-611. Standards and assessment processes to measure student performance
164 -- Basic skills competency test.
165 (1) The Legislature recognizes the need for the State Board of Education to develop
166 and implement standards and assessment processes to ensure that student progress is measured
167 and that school boards and school personnel are accountable.
168 (2) (a) In addition to its responsibilities under Sections 53A-1-603 through 53A-1-605 ,
169 the State Board of Education, through the state superintendent of public instruction, shall
170 design a basic skills competency test to be administered in the tenth grade.
171 (b) Except as provided in [
172 53A-1-1001 , a student must pass the basic skills competency test, in addition to the established
173 requirements of the state and local board of education of the district in which the student
174 attends school, in order to receive a basic high school diploma of graduation.
175 (c) The state board shall include in the test, at a minimum, components on English
176 language arts and reading and mathematics.
177 (d) Except as provided in [
178 53A-1-1001 , a student who fails to pass all components of the test may not receive a basic high
179 school diploma but may receive a certificate of completion or alternative completion diploma
180 under rules made by the State Board of Education in accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3,
181 Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act.
182 (e) The state board shall make rules:
183 (i) to allow students who initially fail the test to retake all or part of the test; and
184 (ii) that take into account and are consistent with federal law relating to students with
185 disabilities in the administration of the test.
186 (3) The state board shall implement the tenth grade basic skills competency test, no
187 later than the beginning of the 2003-04 school year.
188 (4) The requirements of this section are to be complementary to the other achievement
189 testing provisions of this part.
194 (i) the student is enrolled in the tenth grade during:
195 (A) the 2010-11 school year; or
196 (B) the 2011-12 school year; or
197 (ii) the student:
198 (A) was enrolled in the tenth grade during:
199 (I) the 2008-09 school year; or
200 (II) the 2009-10 school year; and
201 (B) did not pass the tenth grade basic skills competency test while the student was in
202 tenth grade.
203 (b) School districts and charter schools are exempt from administering the tenth grade
204 basic skills competency test during the 2010-11 and 2011-12 school year.
205 Section 4. Section 63I-2-253 is amended to read:
206 63I-2-253. Repeal dates -- Titles 53, 53A, and 53B.
207 (1) Section 53A-1-403.5 is repealed July 1, 2012.
212 Section 5. Appropriation.
213 Under the terms and conditions of Title 63J, Chapter 1, Budgetary Procedures Act, the
214 following sums of money are appropriated from resources not otherwise appropriated out of the
215 funds or accounts indicated for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2012 and ending June 30,
216 2013. These are additions to amounts previously appropriated for fiscal year 2012-13.
|217||To State Board of Education||$6,700,000|
|218||Schedule of Programs:|
221 Education for the Student Achievement program be used for computer adaptive tests and test
222 reports for grades 3 through 12.
223 Section 6. Effective date.
224 This bill takes effect on July 1, 2012.
Legislative Review Note
as of 10-19-11 2:44 PM