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SB-552 Career technical education: areas of interest test.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 04/06/2017 04:00 AM
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Amended  IN  Senate  April 05, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill No. 552


Introduced by Senator Fuller

February 16, 2017


An act to add Article 8 (commencing with Section 52465) to Chapter 9 of Part 28 of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Education Code, relating to career technical education.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 552, as amended, Fuller. Career technical education: aptitude areas of interest test.
The Leroy Greene California Assessment of Academic Achievement Act states the intent of the Legislature to provide a system of assessments of pupils that has the primary purpose of assisting teachers, administrators, and pupils and their parents to improve teaching and learning. Existing law establishes various career technical education programs, including regional occupational centers and programs, specialized secondary programs, partnership academies, and agricultural career technical education programs.
This bill would require the State Department of Education to, on or before January 1, 2019, develop a new or revise an existing, or contract with an appropriate vendor to develop a new or revise an existing, career technical education test that measures aptitudes, or areas of interest, or both, areas of interest for pupils, as specified. The bill would require the department to post the test on its Internet Web site for the public to access. The bill would specify that a pupil shall not be required to take the test, either as a stand-alone requirement or as a requirement to enroll in any career technical education course.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Article 8 (commencing with Section 52465) is added to Chapter 9 of Part 28 of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Education Code, to read:
Article  8. Career Technical Education Test

52465.
 (a) On or before January 1, 2019, the department shall develop a new or revise an existing, or contract with an appropriate vendor to develop a new or revise an existing, career technical education test that measures aptitudes, or areas of interest, or both, areas of interest for pupils, with special emphasis on pupils in grades 6 to 8, inclusive. The department shall post the test on its Internet Web site for the public, including pupils and school districts, to access.
(b) The department shall post the test described in subdivision (a) on its Internet Web site for the public, including pupils and school districts, to access.
(c) A pupil shall not be required to take the test described in subdivision (a), either as a stand-alone requirement or as a requirement to enroll in any career technical education course.