EDUCATION AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT CABINET

Kentucky Board of Education

Department of Education

(Amended After Comments)

 

      703 KAR 5:070. Procedures for the inclusion of special populations in the state-required assessment and accountability programs.

 

      RELATES TO: KRS 158.6451, 158.6453, 158.6455

      STATUTORY AUTHORITY: KRS 156.029, 156.070, 158.6453, 158.6455

      NECESSITY, FUNCTION, AND CONFORMITY: KRS 158.6455 provides the Kentucky Board of Education with the authority to promulgate administrative regulations to establish a system of determining successful schools and a system of rewards and assistance for certified staff in schools and districts. This administrative regulation establishes procedures for the inclusion of special student populations in the state-required assessment and accountability programs.

 

      Section 1. Incorporation by Reference. (1) "Procedures for Inclusion of Special Populations in the State-Required Assessment and Accountability Programs", February 2014[December 2013][February 12, 2009], is incorporated by reference.

      (2) This material may be inspected, copied, or obtained, subject to applicable copyright law, at the Department of Education, Office of Assessment and Accountability, 18th Floor, Capitol Plaza Tower, 500 Mero Street, Frankfort, Kentucky, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 

      This is to certify that the chief state school officer has reviewed and recommended this administrative regulation prior to its adoption by the Kentucky Board of Education, as required by KRS 156.070(5).

 

TERRY HOLLIDAY, PH.D., Commissioner of Education

ROGER L. MARCUM, Chairperson

      APPROVED BY AGENCY: February 14, 2014

      FILED WITH LRC: February 14, 2014 at 11 a.m.

      CONTACT PERSON: Kevin C. Brown, Associate Commissioner and General Counsel, Kentucky Department of Education, 500 Mero Street, First Floor, Capital Plaza Tower, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601, phone 502-564-4474, fax 502-564-9321.

 

REGULATORY IMPACT ANALYSIS AND TIERING STATEMENT

 

Contact Person: Kevin C. Brown

      (1) Provide a brief summary of:

      (a) What this administrative regulation does: This administrative regulation establishes procedures for the inclusion of special student populations in the state-required assessment and accountability system that classifies schools and districts.

      (b) The necessity of this administrative regulation: KRS 158.6453 requires the Kentucky Board of Education to create and implement a balanced statewide assessment program that measures the achievement of students, schools and districts, complies with the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, 20 U.S.C. secs. 6301 et seq., or its successor and ensures accountability.

      (c) How this administrative regulation conforms to the content of the authorizing statute: This administrative regulation provides information necessary for implementation of the statewide assessment and accountability system. The regulation provides procedures for inclusion of special populations in the requirements of KRS 158.6453, KRS 158.6455 and the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, 20 U.S.C. secs. 6301 et seq.

      (d) How this administrative regulation currently assists or will assist in the effective administration of the statutes: This administrative regulation provides guidance on the inclusion of student special populations in the state-required assessment and accountability programs. The regulation defines accommodations permitted with state-required testing for students with education plans (i.e., Individualized Education Program (IEP), 504 Plan and Program Services Plan for English learners) and for students enrolled in particular programs (i.e., alternative programs, state agency, home/hospital settings); and for students participating in the alternate assessment program.

      (2) If this is an amendment to an existing administrative regulation, provide a brief summary of:

      (a) How the amendment will change this existing administrative regulation: The amendment makes policy changes (i.e., reduce prompting and cueing to a cue to remain on task; add a 3 x 5 notecard under manipulatives; for English learners, remove student-generated glossaries and focus on word-to-word translation); removes outdated terminology; reorganizes the document incorporated by reference and adds clarification.

      (b) The necessity of the amendment to this administrative regulation: The amendment provides clarification on Kentucky’s accommodation policy to improve the implementation in Kentucky classrooms.

      (c) How the amendment conforms to the content of the authorizing statute: The amendment provides guidance on inclusion of special populations in the requirements of KRS 158.6453, KRS 158.6455 and the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, 20 U.S.C. secs. 6301 et seq.

      (d) How the amendment will assist in the effective administration of the statutes: The amendment provides necessary clarification on testing accommodations to ensure valid test results.

      (3) List the type and number of individuals, businesses, organizations, or state and local governments affected by this administrative regulation: All public school districts in Kentucky and supporting staff in the Kentucky Department of Education.

      (4) Provide an analysis of how the entities identified in question (3) will be impacted by either the implementation of this administrative regulation, if new, or by the change, if it is an amendment, including: The regulation will impact schools and districts by providing guidance on the inclusion of students in special populations in assessment and accountability system used to classify school and district performance.

      (a) List the actions that each of the regulated entities identified in question (3) will have to take to comply with this administrative regulation or amendment: Staff in schools and school districts administers the state-required assessment using consistent rules and procedures. The amendment ensures consistent procedures for the inclusion of students in special populations.

      (b) In complying with this administrative regulation or amendment, how much will it cost each of the entities identified in question (3): There are no new costs to school districts.

      (c) As a result of compliance, what benefits will accrue to the entities identified in question (3): Kentucky schools and districts will have clear guidance on the inclusion of students in special populations.

      (5) Provide an estimate of how much it will cost the administrative body to implement this administrative regulation:

      (a) Initially: The proposed amendment will require development of new explanatory materials and data programs for new assessment and accountability program in the normal course of work for staff. No additional costs are expected.

      (b) On a continuing basis: The proposed regulation does not result in additional costs.

      (6) What is the source of the funding to be used for the implementation and enforcement of this administrative regulation: KDE operating funds

      (7) Provide an assessment of whether an increase in fees or funding will be necessary to implement this administrative regulation, if new, or by the change if it is an amendment: Current funding supports implementation and data reporting for school and district accountability.

      (8) State whether or not this administrative regulation establishes any fees or directly or indirectly increases any fees: This administrative regulation does not establish fees or directly or indirectly increase any fees.

      (9) TIERING: Is tiering applied? Tiering was not appropriate in this administrative regulation because the administrative regulation applies equally to all school districts.

 

FISCAL NOTE ON STATE OR LOCAL GOVERNMENT

 

      (1) What units, parts, or divisions of state or local government (including cities, counties, fire departments, or school districts) will be impacted by this administrative regulation? School districts

      (2) Identify each state or federal statute or federal regulation that requires or authorizes the action taken by the administrative regulation. KRS 158.6453, KRS 158.6455 and the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, 20 U.S.C. secs. 6301 et seq.

      (3) Estimate the effect of this administrative regulation on the expenditures and revenues of a state or local government agency (including cities, counties, fire departments, or school districts) for the first full year the administrative regulation is to be in effect. There will be no additional revenue generated by this administrative regulation. No additional costs to school districts are expected.

      (a) How much revenue will this administrative regulation generate for the state or local government (including cities, counties, fire departments, or school districts) for the first year? None

      (b) How much revenue will this administrative regulation generate for the state or local government (including cities, counties, fire departments, or school districts) for subsequent years? None

      (c) How much will it cost to administer this program for the first year? The proposed regulation will require no additional cost.

      (d) How much will it cost to administer this program for subsequent years? The proposed regulation will require no additional cost.

      Note: If specific dollar estimates cannot be determined, provide a brief narrative to explain the fiscal impact of the administrative regulation.

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