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SB-1048 Pupil assessment: academic achievement.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 03/22/2018 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Senate  March 22, 2018

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill No. 1048


Introduced by Senator Allen

February 08, 2018


An act relating to environmental education. An act to repeal Section 60605 of the Education Code, relating to pupil assessment.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 1048, as amended, Allen. Environmental education: source reduction and recycling. Pupil assessment: academic achievement.
Existing law requires the State Board of Education to adopt statewide academically rigorous content standards in the core curriculum areas of reading, writing, and mathematics to serve as the basis for assessing the academic achievement of individual pupils and of schools, school districts, and the California educational system. Existing law makes these provisions inoperative on July 1, 2011.
This bill would repeal these provisions.

Existing law requires the Office of Education and the Environment in the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, in cooperation with the State Department of Education and the State Board of Education, to develop and implement a unified education strategy on the environment for elementary and secondary schools in the state. Existing law requires the office, as a part of the strategy, to develop education principles for the environment that include concepts relating to various topics, including integrated waste management.

This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would add information about composting, food waste reduction, and reduction in the use of single use disposable plastics to the Office of Education and the Environment’s education principles for the environment.

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

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 60605 of the Education Code is repealed.
60605.

(a)(1)(A)Not later than January 1, 1998, the state board shall adopt statewide academically rigorous content standards, pursuant to the recommendations of the Commission for the Establishment of Academic Content and Performance Standards, in the core curriculum areas of reading, writing, and mathematics to serve as the basis for assessing the academic achievement of individual pupils and of schools, school districts, and the California educational system. Not later than November 1, 1998, the state board shall adopt these standards in the core curriculum areas of history/social science and science.

(B)The state board shall adopt statewide performance standards in the core curriculum areas of reading, writing, mathematics, history/social science, and science based on the recommendations made by the Superintendent of a contractor or contractors.

(C)The state board shall require the contractor or contractors to submit performance standards to the Superintendent and the state board not later than a specified date that allows sufficient opportunity for the Superintendent to make a recommendation to the state board and for the state board to conduct regional hearings prior to the adoption of the performance standards.

(2)(A)The state board may modify any proposed content standards or performance standards prior to adoption and may adopt content and performance standards in individual core curriculum areas as those standards are submitted to the state board. The state performance standards shall be established against specific grade level benchmarks of academic achievement for each subject area tested and shall be based on the knowledge and skills that pupils will need in order to succeed in the information-based, global economy of the 21st century. These skills shall not include personal behavioral standards or skills, including, but not limited to, honesty, sociability, ethics, or self-esteem. The standards adopted pursuant to this section shall be for the purpose of guiding state decisions regarding the development, adoption, and approval of assessment instruments pursuant to this chapter and does not mandate any actions or activities by school districts.

(B)Because these standards are models, the adoption of these standards is not subject to the Administrative Procedure Act. This subparagraph is declaratory of existing law.

(3)Before adopting academic content and performance standards, the state board shall hold regional hearings for the purpose of giving parents and other members of the public the opportunity to comment on the proposed standards.

(b)(1)The state board shall ensure that the statewide assessment system adopted pursuant to this chapter yields valid, reliable individual pupil scores and, where applicable, aggregate school scores, school district scores, and statewide scores of pupils and assesses basic academic skills and content standards, including the use of a direct writing assessment or other applied academic skills if deemed valid and reliable and if resources are made available for their use.

(2)This subdivision does not prevent the state board from developing or adopting an assessment instrument that also contains assessments of basic academic skills.

(c)To the extent feasible and as otherwise required, the state board shall ensure that assessments developed, or contracted for pursuant to Section 60642.5, by the state are aligned with the statewide content and performance standards adopted pursuant to subdivision (a). The department, with the approval of the state board, periodically shall contract for a review of the achievement test for conformance with these standards.

(d)After adopting statewide content and performance standards, the state board shall review the existing curriculum frameworks for conformity with the new statewide standards and shall modify the curriculum frameworks where appropriate to bring them into alignment with the standards.

(e)The state board shall adopt regulations for the conduct and administration of the testing and assessment program.

(f)The state board shall adopt a regulation for minimum security procedures that test and assessment publishers and school districts must follow to ensure the security and integrity of test and assessment questions and materials.

(g)This section shall become inoperative on July 1, 2011.

SECTION 1.

The Legislature finds and declares the following:

(a)Greater public education is necessary to achieve the policy goal established pursuant to Section 41780.01 of the Public Resources Code that not less than 75 percent of solid waste generated be source reduced, recycled, or composted by the year 2020, and the requirement established pursuant to Section 39730.6 of the Health and Safety Code of a 75 percent reduction in the level of the statewide disposal of organic waste from the 2014 level by the year 2025.

(b)Food is the single most prevalent item in California’s waste stream, with over 5.5 million tons of food dumped in landfills every year in the state. Americans throw away an estimated 21 percent of the food they bring home, equivalent to more than 20 pounds of food per person per month.

(c)Consumer education to raise awareness of food waste and educating consumers about ways to reduce food waste have been identified as among the most effective strategies to prevent food waste.

SEC. 2.

It is the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would add information about composting, food waste reduction, and reduction in the use of single use disposable plastics to the Office of Education and the Environment’s education principles for the environment.