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HB508

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HB 508 (BR 1283) - H. Moberly Jr., C. Rollins II, L. Belcher, J. Carney, J. DeCesare, K. Flood, D. Graham, C. Miller, D. Pasley, K. Stevens, W. Stone, R. Webb

     AN ACT relating to education assessment and declaring an emergency.
     Amend KRS 158.6451 to add an expectation relating to performing arts; amend KRS 158.6453 to add definitions; to require the department of education to plan and implement a comprehensive process to revise academic content standards and to complete the process in the areas of reading, language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies by December 15, 2010; disseminate the revised academic content standards by December 31, 2010; complete a revision of the academic content standards for arts and humanities, practical living skills, and career studies by May 15, 2010, and disseminate the revised academic content standards by June 30, 2010; require the Council on Postsecondary Education to sign a written agreement that the academic content standards for reading and mathematics are aligned with the postsecondary education course standards for reading and mathematics; require the Education Professional Standards Board and the Council on Postsecondary Education to provide information and training on the academic content standards to the postsecondary education faculty in the content areas and the teacher preparation programs; retain the current assessments and accountability requirements through the 2010-2011 school year; require professional development for teachers and administrators; require the Kentucky Board of Education to revise the annual statewide student assessment program for implementation in school year 2011-2012; require the revised plan to have student assessments including both formative and summative assessments; require the Department of Education to provide program guidelines and program review guidance for the arts and humanities, writing programs, practical living skills, and career studies; require biennial state and annual local program reviews for arts and humanities, writing programs, practical living skills, and career studies; require writing portfolios as a part of any school's writing program which shall be determined by each school-based decision making council; provide that the writing portfolio reflect a student's interests and growth over time and that a portfolio be maintained for each student in grades primary through 12 and travel with the student from grade to grade and to any school in which the student enrolls; eliminate writing portfolios from the state student assessment program in 2011-2012; require criterion-referenced tests, which are augmented with norm-referenced items in grades 3 through 8 to measure the depth and breadth of Kentucky's core content and to provide national profiles in the areas of mathematics, language, and reading; require a criterion-referenced test, augmented with a customized or commercially available norm-referenced test to measure depth and breadth of social studies and science and to provide national profiles to be administered one time in the elementary and middle grades and the high school, respectively; require an on-demand assessment of student writing in grades 4 through 7 and grades 9 and 10; require an editing and mechanics test relating to writing, using multiple choice and constructed response items to be administered one time with the elementary and middle and high school, respectively; permit the state board to determine how end-of-course exams may be substituted for criterion-referenced tests at the high school level; require the state board within 60 days of the effective date of the Act to revise the Administration Code for Kentucky's Assessment Program to include prohibitions of inappropriate test preparation activities; require that accelerated learning be provided any student whose scores on any of the assessments indicate skill deficiencies; retain the ACT, college readiness, and high school readiness exams; require each school to devise an accelerated learning plan; require individual reports to parents on the achievement of their children compared to school, state, and national results; limit state core content testing to the last 14 days of a local district's school calendar and limit number of days of testing to no more than 5 during that period when the revised test is implemented; provide that a local board of education may adopt the use of commercial assessments for making formative judgments; amend KRS 158.6452 to require the School Curriculum, Assessment, and Accountability Council to provide recommendations relating to its responsibilities; amend KRS 158.6455 to modify language relating to successful schools and delete references to rewards; amend KRS 158.6458 to modify title of the assessment and accountability system, by adding reference to "academic achievement"; amend KRS 158.6459 to delete reference to the grade level of the high school readiness exam; amend KRS 158.649 to change dates for reporting student data to each school council beginning in the 2012-2013 school year and change dates for actions by school councils; amend KRS 156.095 to add assessment literacy and integration of performance-based student assessment in classroom instruction and require professional development to be made available; amend KRS 160.345 to require the school-based decision making council to review findings from annual and state program reviews in arts and humanities, writing, practical living skills, and career studies; amend KRS 164.020 to add duty for ensuring that academic core content standards in high school align with postsecondary education course entry requirements; amend 158.710, 158. 805, 158.816, 159.035, and 160.345 to conform; make technical changes; EMERGENCY.

HB 508 - AMENDMENTS


     HCS - Retain original provisions, except revise the goal relating to arts and humanities in KRS 158.6451; revise language related to the approval process and timelines for revising academic standards; include references to accelerated learning for students with advanced learning needs; strengthen language relating to program reviews; revise language relating to revision of the Administration Code for Kentucky's Assessment program; align reporting dates for the reporting of assessment data to schools starting with the new assessment program; expand list of professional development areas to be made available to teachers based on their needs; eliminate the 100-day enrollment requirement for students to be counted in the testing accountability results and require the Kentucky Board of Education to define the calendar year required; remove the writing portfolio from the state assessment program beginning with the 2009-2010 school year and thereafter, but retain writing portfolios within the instructional program; specify that program reviews for writing, practical living skills and career studies, and arts and humanities will be included as determined by the Kentucky Board of Education in the revised accountability index; add section that specifies continuation during 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 of the existing tests, accountability system, and classification of schools but require the state board to adjust the value of the reading and writing components of the accountability index due to removal of the writing portfolio; require the Kentucky Department of Education and the Education Professional Standards Board to review and determine ways to improve the skills and confidence of pre-service and existing teachers in teaching writing during the 2009 and 2010 calendar years; require the Council on Postsecondary Education, the Kentucky Board of Education, and the Kentucky Department of Education to develop a unified strategy by May 15, 2010, to reduce college remediation rates by at least 50% by 2014 from the 2010 rates and increase the college completion rates of students enrolled in one (1) or more remedial classes by 3% annually from 2009-2014; direct the Kentucky Department of Education to communicate to districts and schools that decisions relating to textbook purchases for mathematics may be delayed until the mathematics standards have been revised and that the department shall allow off-list purchases in order to ensure textbooks selected align with the revised standards.

     HFA (1, T. Riner) - Add additional qualities describing a self-sufficient individual of good character, including hard working, patriotic, and respectful of legitimate authority including parents, teachers, school officials, and law enforcement.

     HFA (2, T. Riner) - Add additional qualities describing a self-sufficient individual of good character, including hard working, patriotic, and respectful of legitimate authority including parents, teachers, school officials, and law enforcement.

     Feb 23-introduced in House
     Feb 24-to Education (H); posted in committee
     Mar 4-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar with Committee Substitute
     Mar 5-2nd reading, to Rules; floor amendment (1) filed to Committee Substitute, floor amendment (2) filed to the bill
     Mar 11-recommitted to Education (H)


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