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7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill modifies provisions regarding the assessment of high school students' college
11 Highlighted Provisions:
12 This bill:
13 . terminates the administration of a basic skills competency test to tenth grade
15 . requires school districts and charter schools to administer college readiness
16 assessments adopted by the State Board of Education, which shall include the
17 college admissions test that includes an assessment of language arts, mathematics,
18 and science that is most commonly submitted to local universities;
19 . requires the State Board of Education to contract with a provider, through a request
20 for proposals process, to provide an online program to prepare students to take the
21 college admissions test that includes an assessment of language arts, mathematics,
22 and science that is most commonly submitted to local universities;
23 . eliminates the Basic Skills Education Stipend Program; and
24 . makes technical amendments.
25 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
26 This bill appropriates in fiscal year 2014:
27 . to the State Board of Education, as an ongoing appropriation:
28 . from the Education Fund, $850,000.
29 Other Special Clauses:
30 This bill provides an effective date.
31 Utah Code Sections Affected:
33 53A-1-602, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2012, Chapter 394
34 53A-1-603, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2012, Chapters 394 and 407
35 53A-1-604, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2010, Chapter 11
36 53A-1-609, as last amended by Laws of Utah 1999, Chapter 336
37 53A-1-611, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2012, Chapter 394
38 53A-3-602.5, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2011, Chapter 321
40 53A-1-613, Utah Code Annotated 1953
42 53A-1-612, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2011, Chapter 342
44 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
45 Section 1. Section 53A-1-602 is amended to read:
46 53A-1-602. Definitions.
47 As used in this part:
48 (1) "Basic skills course" means a subject which requires mastery of specific functions,
49 as defined under rules made by the State Board of Education, to include reading, language arts,
50 mathematics, science in grades 4 through 12, and effectiveness of written expression.
51 (2) "Utah's common core" means the core set of English language arts and mathematics
52 standards developed and adopted by the State Board of Education which define the knowledge
53 and skills students should have in kindergarten through grade 12 to enable them to be prepared
54 for college or workforce training.
55 (3) "Utah Performance Assessment System for Students" or "U-PASS" means:
56 (a) as determined by the State Board of Education, criterion-referenced achievement
57 testing or online computer adaptive testing of students in grades 3 through 12 in basic skills
59 (b) an online writing assessment in grades 5 and 8;
60 (c) [
61 detailed in Section 53A-1-611 ;
62 (d) the use of student behavior indicators in assessing student performance; and
63 (e) testing of students in grade 3 to measure reading grade level.
64 Section 2. Section 53A-1-603 is amended to read:
65 53A-1-603. Duties of State Board of Education.
66 (1) The State Board of Education shall:
67 (a) require each school district and charter school to implement the Utah Performance
68 Assessment System for Students, hereafter referred to as U-PASS;
69 (b) require the state superintendent of public instruction to submit and recommend
70 criterion-referenced achievement tests or online computer adaptive tests, [
72 5 and 8, and a test for students in grade 3 to measure reading grade level to the board for
73 approval and adoption and distribution to each school district and charter school by the state
75 (c) develop an assessment method to uniformly measure statewide performance, school
76 district performance, and school performance of students in grades 3 through 12 in mastering
77 basic skills courses; and
78 (d) provide for the state to participate in the National Assessment of Educational
79 Progress state-by-state comparison testing program.
80 (2) Except as provided in Subsection (3) and Subsection 53A-1-611 [
81 U-PASS, the State Board of Education shall annually require each school district and charter
82 school, as applicable, to administer:
83 (a) as determined by the State Board of Education, statewide criterion-referenced tests
84 or online computer adaptive tests in grades 3 through 12 and courses in basic skill areas of the
85 core curriculum;
86 (b) an online writing assessment to all students in grades 5 and 8;
87 (c) [
88 detailed in Section 53A-1-611 ; and
89 (d) a test to all students in grade 3 to measure reading grade level.
90 (3) Beginning with the 2014-15 school year, the State Board of Education shall
91 annually require each school district and charter school, as applicable, to administer a computer
92 adaptive assessment system that is:
93 (a) adopted by the State Board of Education; and
94 (b) aligned to Utah's common core.
95 (4) The board shall adopt rules for the conduct and administration of U-PASS to
96 include the following:
97 (a) the computation of student performance based on information that is disaggregated
98 with respect to race, ethnicity, gender, limited English proficiency, and those students who
99 qualify for free or reduced price school lunch;
100 (b) security features to maintain the integrity of the system, which could include
101 statewide uniform testing dates, multiple test forms, and test administration protocols;
102 (c) the exemption of student test scores, by exemption category, such as limited
103 English proficiency, mobility, and students with disabilities, with the percent or number of
104 student test scores exempted being publically reported at a district level;
105 (d) compiling of criterion-referenced, online computer adaptive, and online writing test
106 scores and test score averages at the classroom level to allow for:
107 (i) an annual review of those scores by parents of students and professional and other
108 appropriate staff at the classroom level at the earliest point in time;
109 (ii) the assessment of year-to-year student progress in specific classes, courses, and
111 (iii) a teacher to review, prior to the beginning of a new school year, test scores from
112 the previous school year of students who have been assigned to the teacher's class for the new
113 school year;
114 (e) allowing a school district or charter school to have its tests administered and scored
115 electronically to accelerate the review of test scores and their usefulness to parents and
116 educators under Subsection (4)(d), without violating the integrity of U-PASS; and
117 (f) providing that[
118 (2)(a) and Subsection (3) shall be considered in determining a student's academic grade for the
119 appropriate course and whether a student shall advance to the next grade level[
125 administer an online writing assessment to students in grade 11.
126 (b) The State Board of Education may award a grant to a school district or charter
127 school to pay for an online writing assessment and instruction program that may be used to
128 assess the writing of students in grade 11.
130 (a) establishing procedures for applying for and awarding money for computer adaptive
132 (b) specifying how money for computer adaptive tests shall be allocated among school
133 districts and charter schools that qualify to receive the money; and
134 (c) requiring reporting of the expenditure of money awarded for computer adaptive
135 testing and evidence that the money was used to implement computer adaptive testing.
137 administered in compliance with the requirements of Chapter 13, Part 3, Utah Family
138 Educational Rights and Privacy Act.
140 parents of Utah public education students to review all computer adaptive test questions.
141 (b) The committee established in Subsection [
142 parent members:
143 (i) five members appointed by the chair of the State Board of Education;
144 (ii) five members appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives; and
145 (iii) five members appointed by the president of the Senate.
146 (c) The State Board of Education shall provide staff support to the parent committee.
147 (d) The term of office of each member appointed in Subsection [
149 (e) The chair of the State Board of Education, the speaker of the House of
150 Representatives, and the president of the Senate shall adjust the length of terms to stagger the
151 terms of committee members so that approximately 1/2 of the committee members are
152 appointed every two years.
153 (f) No member may receive compensation or benefits for the member's service on the
156 to complete two hours of professional development on youth suicide prevention within their
157 license cycle in accordance with Section 53A-6-104 .
158 (b) The State Board of Education shall develop or adopt sample materials to be used by
159 a school district or charter school for professional development training on youth suicide
161 (c) The training required by this Subsection [
162 professional development training required by rule in accordance with Section 53A-6-104 .
163 Section 3. Section 53A-1-604 is amended to read:
164 53A-1-604. Test development, publication, and administration.
165 (1) The State Board of Education shall develop, publish, and administer
166 criterion-referenced tests [
167 (2) The board may use the expert services of any person in the public or private sector
169 (a) evaluating current tests and assessment programs; or
170 (b) developing, publishing, and administering new tests.
171 Section 4. Section 53A-1-609 is amended to read:
172 53A-1-609. Construction of part.
174 be construed to mean or represented to require that graduation from a high school or promotion
175 to another grade is in any way dependent upon successful performance of any test administered
176 as a part of the testing program established under this part.
177 Section 5. Section 53A-1-611 is amended to read:
178 53A-1-611. College readiness assessments.
179 (1) The Legislature recognizes the need for the State Board of Education to develop
180 and implement standards and assessment processes to ensure that student progress is measured
181 and that school boards and school personnel are accountable.
182 (2) [
183 53A-1-605 , the State Board of Education[
186 (a) adopt college readiness assessments for secondary students; and
187 (b) require school districts and charter schools to administer the college readiness
188 assessments adopted by the State Board of Education beginning with the 2013-14 school year.
189 (3) The college readiness assessments adopted by the State Board of Education:
190 (a) shall include the college admissions test that includes an assessment of language
191 arts, mathematics, and science that is most commonly submitted to local universities; and
192 (b) may include:
193 (i) the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery; and
194 (ii) a battery of assessments that are predictive of success in higher education.
195 (4) The State Board of Education shall require school districts and charter schools to
196 administer a test adopted under Subsection (3)(a) to all students in grade 11.
215 achievement testing provisions of this part.
228 Section 6. Section 53A-1-613 is enacted to read:
229 53A-1-613. Online test preparation program.
230 (1) The State Board of Education shall contract with a provider, selected through a
231 request for proposals process, to provide an online program to prepare students to take the
232 college admissions test that includes an assessment of language arts, mathematics, and science
233 that is most commonly submitted to local universities.
234 (2) An online test preparation program described in Subsection (1):
235 (a) (i) shall allow a student to independently access online materials and learn at the
236 student's own pace; and
237 (ii) may be used to provide classroom and teacher-assisted instruction;
238 (b) shall provide online study materials, diagnostic exams, drills, and practice tests in
239 an approach that is engaging to high school students;
240 (c) shall enable electronic reporting of student progress to administrators, teachers,
241 parents, and other facilitators;
242 (d) shall record a student's progress in an online dashboard that provides diagnostic
243 assessment of the content areas tested and identifies mastery of corresponding skill sets; and
244 (e) shall provide training and professional development to personnel in school districts
245 and charter schools on how to utilize the online test preparation program and provide
246 teacher-assisted instruction to students.
247 (3) To be eligible to administer a college admissions test provided by the State Board
248 of Education from funds appropriated for college readiness assessments, a school district or
249 charter school shall:
250 (a) promote the use of the online test preparation program; and
251 (b) inform parents and students of the availability of, and how to access and use, the
252 online test preparation program.
253 (4) The State Board of Education, school districts, and charter schools shall make the
254 online test preparation program available to a student:
255 (a) beginning in the 2013-14 school year; and
256 (b) for at least one full year, except a student in grade 11 in the 2013-14 school year
257 shall have access to the online test preparation program as soon as the program can be made
259 Section 7. Section 53A-3-602.5 is amended to read:
260 53A-3-602.5. School performance report -- Components -- Annual filing.
261 (1) For a school year beginning with or after the 2010-11 school year, the State Board
262 of Education in collaboration with the state's school districts and charter schools shall develop
263 a school performance report to inform the state's residents of the quality of schools and the
264 educational achievement of students in the state's public education system.
265 (2) The report described in Subsection (1) shall be written and include the following
266 statistical data for each school in a school district and each charter school, as applicable, except
267 as provided by Subsection (2)(g), and shall also aggregate the data at the school district and
268 state level:
269 (a) test scores over the previous year on:
270 (i) criterion-referenced or online computer adaptive tests to include the scores
271 aggregated for all students:
272 (A) by grade level or course for the previous two years and an indication of whether
273 there was a sufficient magnitude of gain in the scores between the two years; and
274 (B) by class;
275 (ii) online writing assessments required under Section 53A-1-603 ; and
276 (iii) [
277 under Section 53A-1-603 ;
278 (b) college entrance examinations data, including the number and percentage of each
279 graduating class taking the examinations for the previous four years;
280 (c) advanced placement and concurrent enrollment data, including:
281 (i) the number of students taking advanced placement and concurrent enrollment
283 (ii) the number and percent of students taking a specific advanced placement course
284 who take advanced placement tests to receive college credit for the course;
285 (iii) of those students taking the test referred to in Subsection (2)(c)(ii), the number and
286 percent who pass the test; and
287 (iv) of those students taking a concurrent enrollment course, the number and percent of
288 those who receive college credit for the course;
289 (d) the number and percent of students in grade 3 reading at or above grade level;
290 (e) the number and percent of students who were absent from school 10 days or more
291 during the school year;
292 (f) achievement gaps that reflect the differences in achievement of various student
293 groups as defined by State Board of Education rule;
294 (g) the number and percent of "student dropouts" within the school district as defined
295 by State Board of Education rule;
296 (h) course-taking patterns and trends in secondary schools;
297 (i) student mobility;
298 (j) staff qualifications, to include years of professional service and the number and
299 percent of staff who have a degree or endorsement in their assigned teaching area and the
300 number and percent of staff who have a graduate degree;
301 (k) the number and percent of parents who participate in SEP, SEOP, and
302 parent-teacher conferences;
303 (l) average class size calculated in accordance with State Board of Education rule
304 adopted under Subsection (4);
305 (m) average daily attendance as defined by State Board of Education rule, including
306 every period in secondary schools; and
307 (n) enrollment totals disaggregated with respect to race, ethnicity, gender, limited
308 English proficiency, and those students who qualify for free or reduced price school lunch.
309 (3) For a school year beginning with or after the 2010-11 school year, the State Board
310 of Education, in collaboration with the state's school districts and charter schools, shall provide
311 for the collection and electronic reporting of the following data for a school in each school
312 district and each charter school:
313 (a) test scores and trends over the previous four years on the tests referred to in
314 Subsection (2)(a);
315 (b) the average grade given in each math, science, and English course in grades 9
316 through 12 for which criterion-referenced or online computer adaptive tests are required under
317 Section 53A-1-603 ;
318 (c) incidents of student discipline as defined by State Board of Education rule,
319 including suspensions, expulsions, and court referrals; and
320 (d) the number and percent of students receiving fee waivers and the total dollar
321 amount of fees waived.
322 (4) (a) The State Board of Education shall adopt common definitions and data
323 collection procedures for local school boards and charter schools to use in collecting and
324 forwarding the data required under Subsections (2) and (3) to the state superintendent of public
326 (b) (i) In accordance with Subsections (4)(b)(ii) through (4)(b)(iv), the State Board of
327 Education shall adopt rules specifying how average class size shall be calculated.
328 (ii) (A) Except as provided by Subsections (4)(b)(ii)(B) through (4)(b)(ii)(D) or for
329 nontraditional classes identified by rule, average class size at the elementary school level shall:
330 (I) be calculated by grade level; and
331 (II) indicate the average number of students who are assigned to a teacher for
332 instruction together during a designated time period.
333 (B) If students at the elementary school level receive instruction in core classes from
334 different teachers, average class size may be calculated as provided by Subsection (4)(b)(iii) for
335 secondary school students.
336 (C) An elementary school class that includes students from multiple grade levels shall
337 be counted as a single class.
338 (D) An extended day class in which a portion of the class arrives early and the other
339 portion stays late shall be counted as a single class.
340 (iii) (A) Except as provided by Subsection (4)(b)(iii)(B) or for nontraditional classes
341 identified by rule, average class size at the secondary school level shall:
342 (I) be calculated for core language arts, mathematics, and science courses; and
343 (II) indicate the average number of students who are assigned to a teacher for
344 instruction together during a designated time period.
345 (B) A secondary school class in which a teacher provides instruction in multiple
346 courses shall be counted as a single class.
347 (iv) Special education classes and online classes shall be excluded when determining
348 average class size by grade at the elementary school level or the average class size of core
349 language arts, mathematics, and science courses at the secondary level.
350 (c) The State Board of Education, through the state superintendent of public
351 instruction, shall adopt standard reporting forms and provide a common template for collecting
352 and reporting the data, which shall be used by all school districts and charter schools.
353 (d) The state superintendent shall use the automated decision support system referred
354 to in Section 53A-1-301 to collect and report the data required under Subsections (2) and (3).
355 (5) (a) For a school year beginning with or after the 2010-11 school year, the State
356 Board of Education, through the state superintendent of public instruction, shall issue its report
357 annually by October 1 to include the required data from the previous school year or years as
358 indicated in Subsections (2) and (3).
359 (b) The State Board of Education shall publish on the State Board of Education's
360 website U-PASS school reports for the 2009-10 school year that indicate the academic
361 proficiency and progress of a school's students and whether the school meets state standards of
363 (6) (a) Each local school board and each charter school shall receive a written or an
364 electronic copy of the report from the state superintendent of public instruction containing the
365 data for that school district or charter school in a clear summary format and have it distributed,
366 on a one per household basis, to the residence of students enrolled in the school district or
367 charter school before November 30th of each year.
368 (b) Each local school board, each charter school, and the State Board of Education
369 shall have a complete report of the statewide data available for copying or in an electronic
370 format at their respective offices.
371 Section 8. Repealer.
372 This bill repeals:
373 Section 53A-1-612, Basic Skills Education Stipend Program.
374 Section 9. Appropriation.
375 Under the terms and conditions of Title 63J, Chapter 1, Budgetary Procedures Act, for
376 the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2013, and ending June 30, 2014, the following sums of money
377 are appropriated from resources not otherwise appropriated, or reduced from amounts
378 previously appropriated, out of the funds or accounts indicated. These sums of money are in
379 addition to any amounts previously appropriated for fiscal year 2014.
380 To State Board of Education - Utah State Office of Education
381 From Education Fund
382 Schedule of Programs:
383 Assessment and Accountability $850,000
384 The Legislature intends that of the money appropriated under this section:
385 (1) $700,000 shall be used for college readiness assessments, including the State Board
386 of Education's administration and evaluation of college readiness assessments; and
387 (2) $150,000 shall be used for an online test preparation program as provided in
388 Section 53A-1-613 .
389 Section 10. Effective date.
390 (1) Except as provided in Subsection (2), if approved by two-thirds of all the members
391 elected to each house, this bill takes effect upon approval by the governor, or the day following
392 the constitutional time limit of Utah Constitution Article VII, Section 8, without the governor's
393 signature, or in the case of a veto, the date of veto override.
394 (2) Uncodified Section 9, Appropriation, takes effect on July 1, 2013.
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