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8 LONG TITLE
9 General Description:
10 This bill modifies provisions relating to the assessment of student performance and the
11 reporting of student performance data.
12 Highlighted Provisions:
13 This bill:
14 . amends provisions relating to a computer adaptive assessment system, including:
15 . modifying the date when a school district or charter school is required to
16 administer computer adaptive testing;
17 . requiring computer adaptive assessments to be aligned with Utah's core
18 standards; and
19 . deleting the requirement that the State Board of Education make rules pertaining
20 to the award of money to school districts and charter schools for the purchase of
21 computer adaptive tests;
22 . modifies provisions relating to the reporting of U-PASS test results, including:
23 . requiring the State Board of Education to provide a public electronic data
24 system that includes U-PASS test results;
25 . requiring a school district or school to provide a password protected electronic
26 data system to provide U-PASS test results to professional and other appropriate
27 staff and a student's parent or guardian; and
28 . imposing requirements regarding the data that may be accessed by the public,
29 professional, and other appropriate staff, and a student's parent or guardian;
30 . modifies the content of a school performance report, which includes information
31 about the academic achievement and demographic characteristics of a school's
33 . modifies procedures for publicly disclosing a school performance report; and
34 . requires the State Board of Education, in meeting reporting requirements of a school
35 performance report, to protect each student's privacy by not revealing personally
36 identifiable information about a student.
37 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
39 Other Special Clauses:
41 Utah Code Sections Affected:
43 53A-1-602, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2012, Chapter 394
44 53A-1-603, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2012, Chapters 394 and 407
45 53A-3-602.5, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2011, Chapter 321
46 REPEALS AND REENACTS:
47 53A-1-607, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2009, Chapter 299
49 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
50 Section 1. Section 53A-1-602 is amended to read:
51 53A-1-602. Definitions.
52 As used in this part:
53 (1) "Basic skills course" means a subject which requires mastery of specific functions,
54 as defined under rules made by the State Board of Education, to include reading, language arts,
55 mathematics, science in grades 4 through 12, and effectiveness of written expression.
61 (a) as determined by the State Board of Education, criterion-referenced achievement
62 testing or online computer adaptive testing of students in grades 3 through 12 in basic skills
64 (b) an online writing assessment in grades 5 and 8;
65 (c) a tenth grade basic skills competency test as detailed in Section 53A-1-611 ;
66 (d) the use of student behavior indicators in assessing student performance; and
67 (e) testing of students in grade 3 to measure reading grade level.
68 Section 2. Section 53A-1-603 is amended to read:
69 53A-1-603. Duties of State Board of Education.
70 (1) The State Board of Education shall:
71 (a) require each school district and charter school to implement the Utah Performance
72 Assessment System for Students, hereafter referred to as U-PASS;
73 (b) require the state superintendent of public instruction to submit and recommend
74 criterion-referenced achievement tests or online computer adaptive tests, a tenth grade basic
75 skills competency test, an online writing assessment for grades 5 and 8, and a test for students
76 in grade 3 to measure reading grade level to the board for approval and adoption and
77 distribution to each school district and charter school by the state superintendent;
78 (c) develop an assessment method to uniformly measure statewide performance, school
79 district performance, and school performance of students in grades 3 through 12 in mastering
80 basic skills courses; and
81 (d) provide for the state to participate in the National Assessment of Educational
82 Progress state-by-state comparison testing program.
83 (2) Except as provided in Subsection (3) and Subsection 53A-1-611 (5), under
84 U-PASS, the State Board of Education shall annually require each school district and charter
85 school, as applicable, to administer:
86 (a) as determined by the State Board of Education, statewide criterion-referenced tests
87 or online computer adaptive tests in grades 3 through 12 and courses in basic skill areas of the
88 core curriculum;
89 (b) an online writing assessment to all students in grades 5 and 8;
90 (c) a tenth grade basic skills competency test as detailed in Section 53A-1-611 ; and
91 (d) a test to all students in grade 3 to measure reading grade level.
92 (3) [
93 Education shall annually require each school district and charter school, as applicable, to
94 administer a computer adaptive assessment system that is:
95 (a) adopted by the State Board of Education; and
96 (b) aligned to Utah's [
97 (4) The board shall adopt rules for the conduct and administration of U-PASS to
98 include the following:
99 (a) the computation of student performance based on information that is disaggregated
100 with respect to race, ethnicity, gender, limited English proficiency, and those students who
101 qualify for free or reduced price school lunch;
102 (b) security features to maintain the integrity of the system, which could include
103 statewide uniform testing dates, multiple test forms, and test administration protocols;
104 (c) the exemption of student test scores, by exemption category, such as limited
105 English proficiency, mobility, and students with disabilities, with the percent or number of
106 student test scores exempted being publically reported at a district level;
107 (d) compiling of criterion-referenced, online computer adaptive, and online writing test
108 scores and test score averages at the classroom level to allow for:
109 (i) an annual review of those scores by [
110 appropriate staff at the classroom level, and a review of a student's scores by the student's
111 parent or guardian, at the earliest point in time;
112 (ii) the assessment of year-to-year student progress in specific classes, courses, and
114 (iii) a teacher to review, prior to the beginning of a new school year, test scores from
115 the previous school year of students who have been assigned to the teacher's class for the new
116 school year;
117 (e) allowing a school district or charter school to have its tests administered and scored
118 electronically to accelerate the review of test scores and their usefulness to parents and
119 educators under Subsection (4)(d), without violating the integrity of U-PASS; and
120 (f) providing that:
121 (i) scores on the tests and assessments required under Subsection (2)(a) and Subsection
122 (3) shall be considered in determining a student's academic grade for the appropriate course and
123 whether a student shall advance to the next grade level; and
124 (ii) except as provided in Subsection 53A-1-611 (5), the student's score on the tenth
125 grade basic skills competency test shall be recorded on the student's transcript of credits.
126 (5) The State Board of Education shall consider administering the basic skills
127 competency test on a Saturday to preserve instructional time.
128 (6) (a) A school district or charter school, as applicable, is encouraged to administer an
129 online writing assessment to students in grade 11.
130 (b) The State Board of Education may award a grant to a school district or charter
131 school to pay for an online writing assessment and instruction program that may be used to
132 assess the writing of students in grade 11.
141 administered in compliance with the requirements of Chapter 13, Part 3, Utah Family
142 Educational Rights and Privacy Act.
144 parents of Utah public education students to review all computer adaptive test questions.
145 (b) The committee established in Subsection [
146 parent members:
147 (i) five members appointed by the chair of the State Board of Education;
148 (ii) five members appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives; and
149 (iii) five members appointed by the president of the Senate.
150 (c) The State Board of Education shall provide staff support to the parent committee.
151 (d) The term of office of each member appointed in Subsection [
153 (e) The chair of the State Board of Education, the speaker of the House of
154 Representatives, and the president of the Senate shall adjust the length of terms to stagger the
155 terms of committee members so that approximately 1/2 of the committee members are
156 appointed every two years.
157 (f) No member may receive compensation or benefits for the member's service on the
160 to complete two hours of professional development on youth suicide prevention within their
161 license cycle in accordance with Section 53A-6-104 .
162 (b) The State Board of Education shall develop or adopt sample materials to be used by
163 a school district or charter school for professional development training on youth suicide
165 (c) The training required by this Subsection [
166 professional development training required by rule in accordance with Section 53A-6-104 .
167 Section 3. Section 53A-1-607 is repealed and reenacted to read:
168 53A-1-607. Reporting of assessment results.
169 (1) A school district or charter school shall submit answer sheets or electronic
170 assessment results for an assessment required by U-PASS to the state superintendent or the
171 State Board of Education approved assessment contractor for scoring as directed by the state
172 superintendent or the state superintendent's designee.
173 (2) (a) The State Board of Education shall provide a public electronic data system that
174 shall include annual and longitudinal test results for assessments required by U-PASS.
175 (b) (i) Except as provided in Subsection (2)(b)(ii), the public electronic data system
176 shall provide disaggregated data at the state, school district, school, and grade or course levels.
177 (ii) Grade or course level test scores for a school may not be provided if fewer than two
178 classes of a course, or within a grade level, are taught.
179 (3) (a) A school district or school shall provide a password protected electronic data
180 system that shall include annual and longitudinal test results for assessments required by
182 (b) The password protected electronic data system shall provide disaggregated data at
183 the school district, school, grade or course, classroom, and student levels.
184 (c) Access to the data system described in this Subsection (3) shall:
185 (i) be limited to professional and other appropriate staff; and
186 (ii) comply with the requirements of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act,
187 20 U.S.C. Sec. 1232g.
188 (4) A school district or school shall provide a password protected electronic
189 information system to allow a student's parent or guardian to access all of the student's U-PASS
190 assessment results.
191 Section 4. Section 53A-3-602.5 is amended to read:
192 53A-3-602.5. School performance report -- Components -- Annual filing.
193 (1) [
194 Board of Education in collaboration with the state's school districts and charter schools shall
195 develop a school performance report to inform the state's residents of the quality of schools and
196 the educational achievement of students in the state's public education system.
197 (2) [
198 report shall include the following statistical data for each school in a school district and each
199 charter school, as applicable, [
200 aggregate the data at the school district and state level:
201 (a) test scores over the previous [
202 (i) criterion-referenced or online computer adaptive tests to include the scores
203 aggregated for all students[
206 two classes of a course, or within a grade level, are taught;
208 (ii) online writing assessments required under Section 53A-1-603 ; and
209 (iii) the tenth grade basic skills competency [
210 53A-1-603 ;
211 (b) college entrance examinations data, including the number and percentage of each
212 graduating class taking the examinations for the previous four years;
213 (c) advanced placement and concurrent enrollment data, including:
214 (i) the number of students taking advanced placement and concurrent enrollment
216 (ii) the percentage of students who score 3 or higher on an advanced placement test;
218 course [
219 percentage of those students who score 3 or higher on the test; and
222 (iv) of those students taking a concurrent enrollment course, the number and [
223 percentage of those who receive college credit for the course;
224 (d) the number and [
225 grade level;
226 (e) the number and [
227 days or more during the school year;
228 (f) achievement gaps that reflect the differences in achievement of various student
229 groups as defined by State Board of Education rule;
230 (g) the number and [
236 teaching area and the number and [
241 adopted under Subsection [
245 English proficiency, and those students who qualify for free or reduced price school lunch.
260 collection procedures for local school boards and charter schools to use in collecting and
261 forwarding the data required under [
262 superintendent of public instruction.
263 (b) (i) In accordance with Subsections [
264 Board of Education shall adopt rules specifying how average class size shall be calculated.
265 (ii) (A) Except as provided by Subsections [
266 or for nontraditional classes identified by rule, average class size at the elementary school level
268 (I) be calculated by grade level; and
269 (II) indicate the average number of students who are assigned to a teacher for
270 instruction together during a designated time period.
271 (B) If students at the elementary school level receive instruction in core classes from
272 different teachers, average class size may be calculated as provided by Subsection [
273 (3)(b)(iii) for secondary school students.
274 (C) An elementary school class that includes students from multiple grade levels shall
275 be counted as a single class.
276 (D) An extended day class in which a portion of the class arrives early and the other
277 portion stays late shall be counted as a single class.
278 (iii) (A) Except as provided by Subsection [
279 classes identified by rule, average class size at the secondary school level shall:
280 (I) be calculated for core language arts, mathematics, and science courses; and
281 (II) indicate the average number of students who are assigned to a teacher for
282 instruction together during a designated time period.
283 (B) A secondary school class in which a teacher provides instruction in multiple
284 courses shall be counted as a single class.
285 (iv) Special education classes and online classes shall be excluded when determining
286 average class size by grade at the elementary school level or the average class size of core
287 language arts, mathematics, and science courses at the secondary level.
292 referred to in Section 53A-1-301 to collect and report the data required under [
293 Subsection (2) [
295 before October 1, the State Board of Education, through the state superintendent of public
296 instruction, shall [
297 Board of Education's website, a school performance report for each school that includes the
298 required data from the previous school year or years as indicated in [
299 (2) [
312 (b) A school district shall maintain a link to the website described in Subsection (4)(a)
313 on the school district's website and the website of each school in the district.
314 (c) A charter school shall maintain a link to the website described in Subsection (4)(a)
315 on the school's website.
316 (5) In meeting the reporting requirements of this section, the State Board of Education
317 shall protect each student's privacy by not revealing personally identifiable information about a
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