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SB-949 Pupil assessment: academic achievement.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 01/30/2018 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill No. 949


Introduced by Senator Allen

January 30, 2018


An act to repeal Sections 60605 and 60649 of the Education Code, relating to pupil assessment.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 949, as introduced, Allen. Pupil assessment: academic achievement.
(1) 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.
(2) Existing law requires the State Department of Education to develop a 3-year plan of activities, with the approval of the State Board of Education, supporting the continuous improvement of the assessments developed and administered pursuant to the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress. Existing law requires the department to periodically contract for a 3-year independent evaluation of the consortium computer-adaptive assessments in English language arts and mathematics in designated grades. Existing law further requires these independent evaluation reports and specified interim annual reports to be submitted to the Governor, the Superintendent of Public Instruction, the state board, and the chairs of the education policy committees of both houses of the Legislature by October 31 of each year. These provisions become inoperative on July 1, 2021, and as of January 1, 2022, are repealed.
This bill would repeal these provisions.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   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 Section 60605 of the Education Code is repealed.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.

SEC. 2.

 Section 60649 of the Education Code is repealed.
60649.

(a)The department shall develop a three-year plan of activities, with the approval of the state board, supporting the continuous improvement of the assessments developed and administered pursuant to Section 60640. The plan shall include a process for obtaining independent, objective technical advice and consultation on activities to be undertaken. Activities may include, but not necessarily be limited to, a variety of internal and external studies such as validity studies, alignment studies, and studies evaluating test fairness, testing accommodations, testing policies, and reporting procedures, and consequential validity studies specific to pupil populations such as English learners and pupils with disabilities.

(b)Beginning in the school year in which the first full administration of the consortium computer-adaptive assessments in English language arts and mathematics in grades 3 to 8, inclusive, and grade 11 occurs, and every three years thereafter, the department shall contract for a three-year independent evaluation of the assessments. Independent evaluation reports shall include interim annual reports as well as a final report on the activities and analysis of the three-year evaluation including, but not necessarily limited to, recommendations to ensure the quality, fairness, validity, and reliability of the assessments. These validity studies shall take into consideration the purposes of the assessment system and its results, and the timeline for implementation of the assessments, the adoption of new curriculum resources, and the development and delivery of professional development. The department shall not contract for studies that duplicate studies conducted as part of a federal peer review process or studies conducted by any assessment contractor.

(c)The independent evaluation reports and interim annual reports shall be submitted to the Governor, the Superintendent, the state board, and the chairs of the education policy committees in both houses of the Legislature by October 31 each year.

(d)Notwithstanding Section 60601, this section shall become inoperative on July 1, 2021, and, as of January 1, 2022, is repealed, unless a later enacted statute, that becomes operative on or before January 1, 2022, deletes or extends the dates on which it becomes inoperative and is repealed.