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H.B. 15

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STATEWIDE ADAPTIVE TESTING

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2012 GENERAL SESSION

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STATE OF UTAH

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Chief Sponsor: Gregory H. Hughes

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Senate Sponsor: Howard A. Stephenson

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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:
             32      AMENDS:
             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
             37     
             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 [through intermediate algebra], science[,] in grades 4 through 12, and
             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.
             50          [(2)] (3) "Utah Performance Assessment System for Students" or "U-PASS" means:
             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
             53      courses;
             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) [Except as provided in Subsection (5), the] The State Board of Education shall:
             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 [(5)] (3) and Subsection 53A-1-611 (6), under
             74      U-PASS, the [state office] State Board of Education shall annually require [that] each school
             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.
             87          [(3)] (4) The board shall adopt rules for the conduct and administration of U-PASS to
             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
             102      subjects;
             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; [and]
             106          [(iv)] (e) allowing a school district or charter school to have its tests administered and
             107      scored electronically to accelerate the review of test scores and their usefulness to parents and
             108      educators under [Subsections (3)(d)(i), (ii), and (iii)] Subsection (4)(d), without violating the
             109      integrity of U-PASS; and
             110          [(e)] (f) providing that:
             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.
             116          [(4)] (5) The State Board of Education shall consider administering the basic skills
             117      competency test on a Saturday to preserve instructional time.
             118          [(5) (a) The State Board of Education may exempt a school district or charter school
             119      from the testing requirements specified in Subsection (2) if:]
             120          [(i) the school district or charter school pilots an assessment system that incorporates


             121      the following:]
             122          [(A) online classroom-based assessment that utilizes adaptive testing;]
             123          [(B) online writing assessments in grades 4 through 12; or]
             124          [(C) assessments administered in grades 8, 10, and 11 to determine readiness for
             125      postsecondary education;]
             126          [(ii) the State Board of Education approves the specific assessment administered under
             127      Subsection (5)(a)(i) and the assessment provider; and]
             128          [(iii) the school district or charter school verifies the local fiscal capability and
             129      resources needed to participate in the pilot assessment system.]
             130          [(b) A school district or charter school that receives an exemption under Subsection
             131      (5)(a) is subject to an accountability plan and high school graduation standards that are:]
             132          [(i) based on the school district's or charter school's assessment system, which may
             133      include assessments described in Subsection (2) or Subsections (5)(a)(i) through (iii); and]
             134          [(ii) developed and adopted by the State Board of Education.]
             135          [(c) By the November 2014 meeting of the Education Interim Committee, the State
             136      Board of Education shall submit recommendations to the committee on the state's assessment
             137      system.]
             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.
             143          [(7) (a) On or before the 2010 October meeting of the Education Interim Committee,
             144      the State Board of Education shall prepare and present its plan for a pilot program for the
             145      2010-11 and 2011-12 school years to:]
             146          [(i) replace the tenth grade basic skills competency test with computer adaptive testing
             147      of basic skills; and]
             148          [(ii) administer the ACT exam to secondary students.]
             149          [(b) The State Board of Education shall implement the pilot program described in
             150      Subsection (7)(a) for the 2010-11 and 2011-12 school years.]
             151          [(c) The State Board of Education shall re-direct the money saved by not administering


             152      the tenth grade basic skills competency test pursuant to Subsection 53A-1-611 (6) to fund the
             153      implementation of the pilot program described in Subsection (7)(b) for fiscal years 2010-11
             154      and 2011-12.]
             155          (7) The State Board of Education shall make rules:
             156          (a) establishing procedures for applying for and awarding money for computer adaptive
             157      tests;
             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 [Subsections] Subsection (5) [and (6)] and Section
             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 [Subsections] Subsection (5) [and (6)] and Section
             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.
             190          [(5) A student enrolled in a school district or charter school that is exempt from
             191      administering the tenth grade basic skills competency test is subject to high school graduation
             192      standards adopted by the State Board of Education pursuant to Section 53A-1-603 .]
             193          [(6)] (5) (a) A student is exempt from the requirements of Subsection (2) if:
             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.
             208          [(2) Subsection 53A-1-603 (5) is repealed July 1, 2015.]
             209          [(3)] (2) Title 53A, Chapter 1a, Part 10, UPSTART, is repealed July 1, 2014.
             210          [(4)] (3) Subsection 53A-13-110 (4) is repealed July 1, 2013.
             211          [(5)] (4) Section 53A-15-1215 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:
             219      Student Achievement $6,700,000
             220          The Legislature intends that the $6,700,000 appropriated to the State Board of
             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.




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