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AB-1951 Pupil assessments: Pathways to College Act.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 01/29/2018 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 1951


Introduced by Assembly Member O'Donnell
(Coauthor: Assembly Member Medina)

January 29, 2018


An act to add Section 60640.5 to the Education Code, relating to pupil assessments.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1951, as introduced, O'Donnell. Pupil assessments: Pathways to College Act.
Existing law establishes the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) as the statewide system of pupil assessments under which certain assessments are required or authorized to be administered in public schools, as specified, including a consortium summative assessment in English language arts and mathematics for grades 3 to 8, inclusive, and grade 11 that measures content standards adopted by the state board.
This bill would require, pursuant to specified provisions of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the Superintendent of Public Instruction to approve a nationally recognized high school assessment that a local educational agency, as defined, may, at its own discretion, administer, commencing with the 2019–20 school year, and each school year thereafter, in lieu of the consortium summative assessment in English language arts and mathematics for grade 11.
The bill would require a nationally recognized high school assessment approved by the Superintendent to meet specified requirements, would authorize the Superintendent to require the publisher of that assessment to provide documentation that the assessment meets or exceeds these requirements, and would require the Superintendent, if he or she determines that the assessment does not meet these requirements, to inform the assessment’s publisher in writing of specific deficiencies and changes needed to meet these requirements. The bill would deem certain nationally recognized high school assessments to meet these requirements, and would require the Superintendent to approve these assessments for selection by a local educational agency.
The bill would require a local educational agency that administers a nationally recognized high school assessment to comply with specified requirements, would require the Superintendent to apportion to the local educational agency the lesser of the actual cost of administering the alternative assessment, as specified, and the amount that would have been apportioned to the local educational agency if it had administered the consortium summative assessment in English language arts and mathematics for grade 11. The bill would state that a local educational agency may administer only one nationally recognized high school assessment in lieu of the consortium summative assessment in English language arts and mathematics for grade 11.
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) This section shall be known, and may be cited, as the Pathways to College Act.
(b) Pursuant to Section 1111(b)(2)(H) of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (20 U.S.C. Sec. 6301 et seq.), no later than ____ the Superintendent shall approve one or more nationally recognized high school assessments that a local education agency may, at its own discretion, administer, commencing with the 2019–20 school year, and each school year thereafter, in lieu of the assessment required pursuant to paragraph (1) of subdivision (b) of Section 60640.
(c) A nationally recognized high school assessment approved by the Superintendent pursuant to subdivision (b) shall meet all of the following requirements:
(1) Align with the academic content standards adopted by the state board pursuant to Section 60605, and address the depth and breadth of those standards.
(2) Be as equally rigorous as, or more rigorous than, the assessment required pursuant to paragraph (1) of subdivision (b) of Section 60640.
(3) Meet the requirements of Sections 200.2(b), 200.5(a), and 200.6 of Title 34 of the Code of Federal Regulations.
(4) Produce valid and reliable data on pupil academic achievement with respect to all high school pupils and each subgroup of high school pupils in the local education agency.
(5) Ensure that the use of appropriate accommodations by a pupil with disabilities or an English learner does not deny the opportunity of any pupil to participate in the assessment or deny any pupil of any benefit from participating in the assessment that is afforded to pupils without disabilities or pupils who are not English learners.
(d) (1) The Superintendent may require a publisher of a nationally recognized high school assessment that is being considered for his or her approval pursuant to subdivision (b) to provide documentation that the assessment meets or exceeds the requirements of subdivision (c).
(2) If the Superintendent determines that a nationally recognized high school assessment being considered for his or her approval pursuant to subdivision (b) does not meet the requirements of subdivision (c), the Superintendent shall inform the publisher of the assessment in writing of the specific deficiencies and changes needed to meet the requirements of subdivision (c).
(e) A nationally recognized high school assessment that has been adopted for use by any state that has adopted the Common Core State Standards and that meets federal requirements under Section 1111(b)(2)(H) of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (20 U.S.C. Sec. 6301 et seq.) shall be deemed to have met the requirements of subdivisions (c) and (d) and shall be approved by the Superintendent pursuant to subdivision (b).
(f) A local education agency that administers a nationally recognized high school assessment pursuant to subdivision (b) shall do all of the following:
(1) Notify the Superintendent, and the parents and legal guardians of its pupils entering grade 11, at the beginning of each school year during which the assessment will be administered to those pupils, that it will be administering an assessment that is different from the assessment required pursuant to paragraph (1) of subdivision (b) of Section 60640.
(2) Administer the assessment free of charge to all pupils in grade 11, except for those pupils who opt out pursuant to Section 60615, and as provided in paragraph (3).
(3) Administer the assessment to individuals with exceptional needs, as defined in Section 56026, with appropriate accommodations, where necessary, and provide an alternate assessment to individuals with exceptional needs who are unable to participate in testing, even with accommodations, as required pursuant to subdivision (k) of Section 60640.
(4) Report scores to the department in a manner prescribed by the Superintendent.
(g) The Superintendent shall apportion to a local education agency that administers a nationally recognized high school assessment pursuant to subdivision (b), in lieu of the assessment required pursuant to paragraph (1) of subdivision (b) of Section 60640, the lesser of the following:
(1) The actual cost of administering the nationally recognized high school assessment, including, but not necessarily limited to, administering and scoring the assessment and reporting results of the assessment to the Superintendent.
(2) The amount that would have been apportioned to the local education agency if it had administered the assessment required pursuant to paragraph (1) of subdivision (b) of Section 60640.
(h) A local education agency may administer only one nationally recognized high school assessment in lieu of the assessment required pursuant to paragraph (1) of subdivision (b) of Section 60640. This subdivision shall not be construed to prohibit a local education agency that does not administer a nationally recognized high school assessment pursuant to this section from administering one or more assessments in addition to the assessment required pursuant to paragraph (1) of subdivision (b) of Section 60640.
(i) For purposes of this section, a “local education agency” means a school district, county office of education, or charter school.