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SB-544 Pupil assessments: evaluation of formative assessment tools.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 05/26/2017 10:00 AM
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Amended  IN  Senate  May 26, 2017
Amended  IN  Senate  March 21, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill No. 544


Introduced by Senator McGuire

February 16, 2017


An act to add Section 60640.6 to, and to add and repeal Section 60640.5 of, of the Education Code, relating to pupil assessments.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 544, as amended, McGuire. Pupil assessments. assessments: evaluation of formative assessment tools.
Existing law establishes the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress as the statewide system of pupil assessments. Existing law requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction, on or before March 1, 2016, to submit to the State Board of Education and specified other entities recommendations on expanding the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress to include additional assessments in accordance with specified requirements.
This bill would require the State Department of Education, pursuant to the recommendations specified above, to establish a process for identifying and evaluating locally developed formative assessment tools, as defined, and locally developed high-quality assessments, as defined. The bill would require the department to prioritize the evaluation of formative assessment tools aligned with the Next Generation Science standards and specified English language development standards and would require the department to prioritize the evaluation of high-quality assessments aligned with specified career technical education standards and the English language development standards. The bill would require the department to consult with stakeholders with subject matter expertise in establishing these processes and would require the department to provide state-supported locally developed formative assessment tools and locally developed high-quality assessments to local educational agencies. The bill would specify that these provisions are operative only to the extent that funding is provided in the annual Budget Act or another statute, and would repeal the provisions on July 1, 2019.

The bill would also require the department, no later than the 2018–19 school year, to support a regional network to provide regional assessment support to local educational agencies for the implementation of the comprehensive assessment tools and resources related to the statewide testing program. The bill would specify that this provision is operative only to the extent that funding is provided in the annual Budget Act or another statute.

Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 60640.5 is added to the Education Code, to read:

60640.5.
 (a) Pursuant to recommendations developed under subdivision (c) of Section 60640, the department shall do the following:
(1) Establish a process for identifying and evaluating locally developed formative assessment tools, as defined in subdivision (m) of Section 60603, that support implementation of a comprehensive assessment system. The department shall prioritize the evaluation of formative assessment tools aligned with the Next Generation Science standards adopted pursuant to former Section 60605.85, as that section read on June 30, 2014, and formative assessment tools aligned with the English language development standards adopted pursuant to Section 60811.
(2) Establish a process for identifying and evaluating locally developed high-quality assessments, as defined in subdivision (n) of Section 60603, including, but not limited to, classroom assessments, performance tasks, diagnostic assessments, and interim assessments. The department shall prioritize the evaluation of high-quality assessments aligned with the career technical education standards developed pursuant to Section 51226 and high-quality assessments aligned with the English language development standards adopted pursuant to Section 60811.
(b) In establishing the processes in subdivision (a), the department shall consult with stakeholders with expertise in the subject matter, including, but not necessarily limited to, classroom teachers and administrators. For career technical education assessments, the department shall consult with relevant stakeholders in business and industry.
(c) The department shall provide the locally developed formative assessment tools and the locally developed high-quality assessments to local educational agencies for their educators’ use.
(d) The locally developed formative assessment tools and locally developed high-quality assessments identified and evaluated pursuant to this section may cover subjects approved by the state board, including, but not necessarily limited to, English language development, career technical education, science, visual and performing arts, world languages, and technology.
(e) This section shall be operative only to the extent that funding is provided in the annual Budget Act or another statute for purposes of this section.
(f) This section shall remain in effect only until July 1, 2019, and as of that date is repealed.

SEC. 2.Section 60640.6 is added to the Education Code, to read:
60640.6.

Pursuant to recommendations developed under subdivision (c) of Section 60640, the department shall, no later than the 2018–19 school year, support a regional network to provide regional assessment support to local educational agencies for the implementation of the comprehensive assessment tools and resources related to the statewide testing program, including summative, interim, and formative assessment tools. This section shall be operative only to the extent that funding is provided in the annual Budget Act or another statute for purposes of this section.