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AB-1602 Alternative Grade 11 Assessment Pilot Program.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 05/03/2017 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  May 03, 2017
Amended  IN  Assembly  April 17, 2017
Amended  IN  Assembly  March 28, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 1602


Introduced by Assembly Member O'Donnell

February 17, 2017


An act to amend Sections 60601 and 60641 of, and to add and repeal Section 60641.1 of, the Education Code, relating to pupil assessment.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1602, as amended, O'Donnell. Alternative Grade 11 Assessment Pilot Program.
Existing law establishes the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) for the assessment of certain elementary and secondary pupils, as provided. Existing law provides that the CAASPP includes, among other things, a consortium summative assessment in English language arts and mathematics for grades 3 to 8, inclusive, and grade 11. Existing law makes these provisions inoperative on July 1, 2020, and repeals the provisions on January 1, 2021.

The

This bill would establish the Alternative Grade 11 Assessment Pilot Program, which would authorize school districts, that are selected by the Superintendent of Public Instruction to participate in the pilot program, to administer an assessment other than the CAASPP to grade 11 pupils if certain requirements are satisfied. The bill would require participating school districts to report results of the assessment to the Superintendent and report, on or before June 30, 2022, January 1, 2023, on the effectiveness of the assessment in accomplishing specified objectives. The bill would make the pilot program inoperative on July 1, 2022, 2023, and would repeal the pilot program on January 1, 2023. 2024.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 60601 of the Education Code is amended to read:

60601.
 Except as provided in Section 60641.1, this chapter shall become inoperative on July 1, 2020, and as of January 1, 2021, is repealed, unless a later enacted statute that is enacted before January 1, 2021, deletes or extends the dates on which it becomes inoperative and is repealed.

SEC. 2.

 Section 60641 of the Education Code is amended to read:

60641.
 (a) Except as provided in Section 60641.1, the department shall ensure that local educational agencies comply with each of the following requirements:
(1) The achievement tests provided for in Section 60640 are scheduled to be administered to all pupils, inclusive of pupils enrolled in charter schools and exclusive of pupils exempted pursuant to Section 60640, during the period prescribed in subdivision (b) of Section 60640.
(2) For assessments that produce valid individual pupil results, the individual results of each pupil tested pursuant to Section 60640 shall be reported, in writing, to the parent or guardian of the pupil. The report shall include a clear explanation of the purpose of the test, the score of the pupil, and the intended use by the local educational agency of the test score. This subdivision does not require teachers or other local educational agency personnel to prepare individualized explanations of the test score of each pupil. It is the intent of the Legislature that nothing in this section shall preclude a school or school district from meeting the reporting requirement by the use of electronic media formats that secure the confidentiality of the pupil and the pupil’s results. State agencies or local educational agencies shall not use a comparison resulting from the scores and results of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) assessments and the assessment scores and results from assessments that measured previously adopted content standards.
(3) (A) For assessments that produce valid individual pupil results, the individual results of each pupil tested pursuant to Section 60640 also shall be reported to the school and teachers of a pupil. The local educational agency shall include the test results of a pupil in his or her pupil records. However, except as provided in this section and Section 60607, personally identifiable pupil test results only may be released with the permission of either the pupil’s parent or guardian if the pupil is a minor, or the pupil if the pupil has reached the age of majority or is emancipated.
(B) Notwithstanding subparagraph (A) and pursuant to subdivision (c) of Section 60607, a pupil or his or her parent or guardian may authorize the release of individual pupil results to a postsecondary educational institution for the purpose of credit, placement, determination of readiness for college-level coursework, or admission.
(4) The districtwide, school-level, and grade-level results of the CAASPP in each of the grades designated pursuant to Section 60640, but not the score or relative position of any individually ascertainable pupil, shall be reported to the governing board of the school district at a regularly scheduled meeting, and the countywide, school-level, and grade-level results for classes and programs under the jurisdiction of the county office of education shall be similarly reported to the county board of education at a regularly scheduled meeting.
(b) The state board shall adopt regulations that outline a calendar for delivery and receipt of summative assessment results at the pupil, school, grade, district, county, and state levels. The calendar shall include delivery dates to the department and to local educational agencies. The calendar for delivery shall provide for the timely return of assessment results, and consider the amount of paper-and-pencil administered assessments and number of items requiring hand scoring. The calendar shall also ensure that individual assessment results are reported to local educational agencies within eight weeks of receipt by the contractor for scoring.
(c) Aggregated, disaggregated, or group scores or reports that include the results of the CAASPP assessments, inclusive of the reports developed pursuant to Section 60630, shall not be publicly reported to any party other than the school or local educational agency where the pupils were tested, if the aggregated, disaggregated, or group scores or reports are comprised of 10 or fewer individual pupil assessment results. Exclusive of the reports developed pursuant to Section 60630, in no case shall any group score or report be displayed that would deliberately or inadvertently make the score or performance of any individual pupil or teacher identifiable.
(d) The department shall ensure that pupils in grade 11, or parents or legal guardians of those pupils, may request results from grade 11 assessments administered as part of the CAASPP for the purpose of determining credit, placement, or readiness for college-level coursework be released to a postsecondary educational institution.

SEC. 3.

 Section 60641.1 is added to the Education Code, to read:

60641.1.
 (a) The Alternative Grade 11 Assessment Pilot Program is hereby established. The Superintendent shall establish guidelines for accepting applications and select up to five school districts to participate in the pilot program. One of the selected school districts shall be the Long Beach Unified School District if it applies to participate. The Superintendent shall consider geographical diversity and different sizes of school districts in selecting participants for the pilot program.
(b) Participating school districts may administer an assessment in grade 11 other than the CAASPP, if the following requirements are met:
(1) The assessment is a statistically reliable and valid norm-referenced or criterion-referenced test.
(2) The assessment shall be aligned to the academic content standards adopted pursuant to Section 60605.8.
(3) The administration of the alternative assessment is consistent with the local control and accountability plan adopted pursuant to Section 52060.
(4) The assessment is administered at no charge to pupils.
(5) The assessment is administered to all pupils in grade 11 except those who opt out pursuant to Section 60615.
(6) The assessment complies with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (Public Law 114-95).
(c) Participating school districts shall do both of the following:
(1) Report test results to the Superintendent as determined by the Superintendent.
(2) Report, on or before June 30, 2022, January 1, 2023, to the Superintendent on the effectiveness of the assessment, described in subdivision (b), in all of the following areas:
(A) Increasing high school graduation rates.
(B) Increasing enrollment in A-G courses and Advanced Placement courses.
(C) Increasing college attendance rates among high school graduates.
(D) Improving student pupil performance on the assessment.
(E) Other areas jointly agreed to by the participating school districts and the Superintendent.
(d) Participating school districts shall not receive an apportionment for the assessment, described in subdivision (b), pursuant to paragraph (1) of subdivision (l) of Section 60640.
(e) This section shall become inoperative on July 1, 2022, 2023, and, as of January 1, 2023, 2024, is repealed.