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AB-959 Pupil assessment.(2013-2014)

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Amended  IN  Assembly  April 25, 2013

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2013–2014 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 959


Introduced by Assembly Member Bonilla

February 22, 2013


An act to add Section 60604.6 to the Education Code, relating to pupil assessment.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 959, as amended, Bonilla. Pupil assessment.
The Leroy Greene California Assessment of Academic Achievement Act states the intent of the Legislature to provide a system of individual assessment of pupils that has the primary purpose of assisting teachers, administrators, and pupils and their parents to improve teaching and learning. Existing law establishes the Standardized Testing and Reporting Program pursuant to which each school district, charter school, and county office of education is required to administer to each of its pupils in grades 2 to 11, inclusive, the standards-based achievement tests. These provisions are inoperative on July 1, 2014, and as of January 1, 2015, are repealed.
This bill would state the intent of the Legislature that the reauthorization of the statewide pupil assessment program include a specified plan to reform that program as it relates to grades 7 to 12, inclusive bring together elementary and secondary school policy leaders, the segments of higher education, and postsecondary career technical and vocational programs to develop criteria and create pathways in which assessments taken by middle and high school pupils are aligned with college and career readiness, as specified. The bill would require the Superintendent of Public Instruction, in consultation with various groups of individuals and entities, to develop and present to the State Board of Education, by July 1, 2014, recommendations to effectuate those reforms. The bill would require the state board to adopt, or modify and adopt, the recommendations by November 15, 2014. The bill would require the Superintendent and the state board and the State Board of Education, in consultation with certain entities and using certain assessment results, to recommend specific uses of these assessments by certain higher education entities for specified purposes. The bill would require the Superintendent and state board, on or before January 1, 2018, to present to the Governor and the appropriate policy and fiscal committees of the Legislature a schedule and implementation plan. The bill would require the State Department of Education to use specified federal funds or any other available and appropriate state and federal funds to implement these provisions.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 It is the intent of the Legislature that the reauthorization of the statewide pupil assessment program pursuant to Section 60604.5 of the Education Code include a plan to bring together elementary and secondary school policy leaders, the California Community Colleges, the California State University, the University of California, private colleges and universities, and postsecondary career technical and vocational programs to develop criteria and create nonpunitive pathways in which assessments taken by middle and high school pupils are aligned with college and career readiness and may be recognized as one of a number of multiple measures for entry into college, placement in college-level courses, and career training.

SEC. 2.

 Section 60604.6 is added to the Education Code, to read:

60604.6.
 (a) For purposes of developing a plan to strengthen the pupil relevance of assessments and to strengthen the alignment between state-mandated middle and high school assessments and the entry requirements or course placement decisions of public and private colleges and universities and postsecondary career and technical training institutions, the Superintendent, in consultation with the state board, the segments of public and Using pupil, school, grade, district, county, and state level summative assessment results from the administration of the common assessments for middle and high school pupils that are aligned to the common core state standards, the Superintendent and the state board, in consultation with the Regents of the University of California, the Trustees of the California State University, the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges, private postsecondary education institutions, career technical and training institutions, administrators of elementary and secondary schools, teachers, members of the governing board of school districts, pupil representatives, and parents, shall develop and recommend to the state board both of the following: specific uses of these assessments by the regents, the trustees, and the board of governors for all of the following purposes:

(1)Principles among elementary and secondary schools, public and private colleges and universities, and postsecondary career and technical training institutions that would strengthen the alignment of assessments of pupils in grades 7 to 12, inclusive, to any of the following:

(A)

(1) Requirements for entry into college.

(B)

(2) Placement in college-level courses.

(C)

(3) Career opportunities.
(4) Early assessment programs.

(2)A plan and timeline to expand and strengthen future early assessment programs to provide information to postsecondary institutions, secondary schools, and pupils about pupil preparedness for all California postsecondary educational institutions, including the California Community Colleges, the California State University, the University of California, private colleges and universities, and postsecondary career training institutions.

(b)The Superintendent shall present recommendations to the state board on or before July 1, 2014. After the Superintendent presents the recommendations, two public hearings shall be held during regularly scheduled state board meetings to ensure public input and participation.

(c)On or before November 15, 2014, the state board shall adopt, or modify and adopt, the recommendations.

(d)The

(b) On or before January 1, 2018, the Superintendent and the state board shall present to the Governor and the appropriate policy and fiscal committees of the Legislature a schedule and implementation plan that meets the intent of this section.

(e)

(c) The department shall use funds received pursuant to Title VI of the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (20 U.S.C. Sec. 6301 et seq.), or any other available and appropriate state and federal funds, to implement this section.