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SB 1 (BR 1749) - D. Williams, K. Winters, E. Harris, D. Kelly, V. McGaha, D. Roeding, K. Stine, G. Tapp, D. Thayer, J. Westwood

     AN ACT relating to student assessment.
     Amend KRS 158.6451 to add an expectation relating to performing arts; amend KRS 158.6453 to restate the components of the assessment, accountability, and academic achievement program; eliminate the open-response questions requirement; require writing portfolios be maintained for each student in grade five to 12; limit rewrites of the writing portfolio; require writing assessments consisting of multiple-choice items emphasizing mechanics and editing at grades five, eight, and 11; require each school council to develop policies relating to the school's writing program; eliminate practical living and vocational education student testing from the assessment program but require a program evaluation of practical living and career and technical education annually; eliminate arts and humanities student testing from the assessment program but require a program evaluation of arts and humanities annually; require accelerated learning be provided any student whose scores on any of the assessments indicate skill deficiencies; 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; delete reference to tenth grade availability of WorkKeys; amend KRS 158.6452 to require the School Curriculum, Assessment, and Accountability Council to provide recommendations relating to the identification of academic skills and deficiencies of individual students; amend KRS 158.6458 to modify title of the assessment and accountability system, by adding reference to "academic achievement"; amend KRS 158.649 to change dates for reporting student data to each school council and change dates for actions by school councils; amend KRS 158.710, 156.095, 158.816, 159.035, 158.805, 160.345, 158.6455, 158.6459, 158.647, and 158.840 to conform; make technical changes.


     SCS - Retain original provisions, except provide that the implementation date for the changes in assessment shall be 2008-2009, except for any delays that may be necessary to comply with the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001; include on-demand writing assessments one time within the elementary grades, the middle grades, and the high school grades, respectively; change the high school readiness exam to assess English, reading, mathematics, and science from grade 8 to grade 9; require the Kentucky Department of Education to conduct periodic studies comparing the standards in social studies and other areas as deemed appropriate by the Kentucky Board of Education in addition to those currently named.

     Feb 19-introduced in Senate; to Education (S)
     Mar 5-taken from committee; 1st reading; returned to Education (S)
     Mar 6-reported favorably, 2nd reading, to Rules with Committee Substitute
     Mar 7-posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Friday, March 7, 2008; 3rd reading, passed 22-15 with Committee Substitute
     Mar 10-received in House
     Mar 14-to Appropriations & Revenue (H)

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