senate Bill S4712

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Requires a study and report on the total cost of student assessments

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  • 19 / Apr / 2013
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • 24 / Jan / 2014
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO EDUCATION
  • 24 / Jan / 2014
    • PRINT NUMBER 4712A

Summary

Requires a study and report on the total cost of student assessments; survey of teachers and administrators on test-prep time for student assessments; prohibits the use of certain assessments to be used for anything other than diagnostic purposes.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A6594
Versions:
S4712
S4712A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง305, Ed L

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S4712

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to
requiring a study and report on the total cost of developing all
student assessments

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This legislation directs the State
Education Department to review and analyze the costs associated with
statewide assessments in school districts in New York State.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1 amends the Education law to
direct the commissioner to undertake a study about the costs of
developing and administering student assessments. Section 2 directs
the commissioner to conduct a survey of school administrators and
teachers about the effect of student assessments on teaching and
learning.

JUSTIFICATION: This bill calls for a review and analysis of the costs
associated with statewide assessments of students in school districts
throughout the stare. Testing costs money and time and therefore
requires resources. Over the past several years, there has been an
increased emphasis on testing to evaluate student progress. The
question is: has the increased emphasis on testing captured more state
and local resources, has this affected other aspects of education
including classroom teaching, college and career preparation and
special services to students with special needs and, if so, how? The
information collected through the study required by this bill will
provide a snapshot about public resources for educational testing and
start a conversation about the appropriate distribution of resources
for assessments, curriculum and graduation requirements and other
essential components of a sound, basic education.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.

LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  4712

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             April 19, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. LATIMER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Education

AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to requiring a study  and
  report on the total cost of developing all student assessments

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Section 305 of the education law is amended by adding a new
subdivision 43 to read as follows:
  43. A. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL UNDERTAKE A STUDY TO DETERMINE THE TOTAL
COST OF DEVELOPING ALL STUDENT ASSESSMENTS, INCLUDING THE TOTAL COST  OF
PREPARING  STUDENTS FOR ALL ASSESSMENTS, THE TOTAL COST OF ADMINISTERING
ALL ASSESSMENTS, AND THE TOTAL COST OF GRADING AND REVIEWING ALL ASSESS-
MENTS IN THE TWO THOUSAND TWELVE -- TWO THOUSAND THIRTEEN SCHOOL YEAR.
  B. THIS STUDY REQUIRED PURSUANT TO PARAGRAPH  A  OF  THIS  SUBDIVISION
SHALL  RESULT  IN  A  REPORT,  WHICH DETAILS ALL SAID COSTS AND SHALL BE
FILED WITH THE GOVERNOR, THE DIRECTOR OF THE DIVISION OF THE BUDGET, THE
SPEAKER OF THE ASSEMBLY, THE TEMPORARY  PRESIDENT  OF  THE  SENATE,  THE
CHAIR  OF THE ASSEMBLY WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, THE CHAIR OF THE SENATE
FINANCE COMMITTEE AND THE CHAIRS OF THE ASSEMBLY  AND  SENATE  EDUCATION
COMMITTEES.    SUCH  REPORT  SHALL  ALSO BE POSTED ON THE WEBSITE OF THE
DEPARTMENT BY DECEMBER THIRTY-FIRST, TWO THOUSAND THIRTEEN AND SHALL  BE
DEEMED A PUBLIC DOCUMENT.
  C.  THE COMMISSIONER'S STUDY SHALL INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO, THE
FOLLOWING INFORMATION:
  (1) THE TOTAL NUMBER  OF  STUDENT  ASSESSMENTS  ADMINISTERED  IN  EACH
SCHOOL  DISTRICT  IN  THE  STATE.  THIS  SHALL  INCLUDE A COUNT OF STATE
REQUIRED ASSESSMENTS AND ASSESSMENTS WHICH ARE LOCALLY  OR  COMMERCIALLY
DEVELOPED  ASSESSMENTS WHICH ARE ADMINISTERED BY PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICTS
AND THE TOTAL NUMBER OF ASSESSMENTS EACH STUDENT COHORT WAS ADMINISTERED
ON AVERAGE FROM KINDERGARTEN THROUGH GRADE TWELVE DURING THE  TWO  THOU-
SAND TWELVE -- TWO THOUSAND THIRTEEN SCHOOL YEAR;

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD10237-02-3

S. 4712                             2

  (2)  THE TOTAL COST OF STUDENT ASSESSMENTS ADMINISTERED IN EACH SCHOOL
DISTRICT IN THE STATE. THE TOTAL COST SHALL BE DISAGGREGATED  TO  DETER-
MINE  THE  AMOUNT  OF  PUBLIC  FUNDS  WHICH  WERE EXPENDED ON NON-SCHOOL
DISTRICT EMPLOYEES, VENDORS, AND OTHER ENTITIES WITH WHICH THE STATE AND
SCHOOL  DISTRICTS  CONTRACT  FOR  STUDENT  ASSESSMENT PURPOSES INCLUDING
PURCHASE AND LICENSING COSTS, TEST DEVELOPMENT, TEST  BOOKLETS,  SCORING
SHEETS AND SCORING COSTS;
  (3)  LOGISTICAL,  PREPARATION  AND ADMINISTRATION COSTS INCLUDING, BUT
NOT  LIMITED  TO,  DISTRIBUTING  AND  COLLECTING  ASSESSMENT  MATERIALS,
ASSESSMENT DIRECTIONS, AND STORING MATERIALS;
  (4) COST OF TEST PREPARATION MATERIALS;
  (5) COST OF DATA COACHES;
  (6) COST OF DATA ANALYSIS OR DASHBOARD SYSTEMS, INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
MAINTENANCE, PURCHASE, OR UPGRADE;
  (7)  COST  OF  PROFESSIONAL  DEVELOPMENT  FOCUSED PRIMARILY ON STUDENT
ASSESSMENT DATA;
  (8) COST OF TRAINING FOR TEST ADMINISTRATORS AND PROCTORS;
  (9) PER-PUPIL COSTS OF  ANY  ADDITIONAL  ASSESSMENTS  ADMINISTERED  TO
STUDENT  SUBGROUPS INCLUDING ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS, STUDENTS RECEIV-
ING INTERVENTION OR REMEDIATION SERVICES,  STUDENTS  WITH  DISABILITIES,
AND ECONOMICALLY DISADVANTAGED STUDENTS; AND
  (10) ANY OTHER COSTS RELATED TO STUDENT ASSESSMENTS.
  D.  IN  ADDITION,  THE  STUDY SHALL DETERMINE THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF TIME
SPENT BY  SCHOOL  ADMINISTRATORS,  TEACHERS,  AND  STUDENTS  ON  STUDENT
ASSESSMENTS   AND   ASSOCIATED   ACTIVITIES   DURING  THE  TWO  THOUSAND
TWELVE--TWO THOUSAND THIRTEEN SCHOOL YEAR. THIS SHALL INCLUDE TIME SPENT
BY STUDENTS TAKING ALL STATE AND DISTRICT  ASSESSMENTS;  TIME  SPENT  BY
SCHOOL  ADMINISTRATORS  AND  TEACHERS  FOR  ADMINISTRATIVE TASKS SUCH AS
DISTRIBUTING AND COLLECTING ANSWERING SHEETS AND GIVING DIRECTIONS,  AND
THE  TOTAL  AMOUNT  OF TIME SPENT PREPARING STUDENTS TO TAKE THE ASSESS-
MENTS. TIME RELATED DATA COLLECTED PURSUANT TO THIS PARAGRAPH  SHALL  BE
DISAGGREGATED  BY  THE  FOLLOWING STUDENT GROUPS: ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEAR-
NERS, STUDENTS RECEIVING INTERVENTION OR REMEDIATION SERVICES,  STUDENTS
WITH  DISABILITIES,  GENERAL EDUCATION STUDENTS, AND ECONOMICALLY DISAD-
VANTAGED STUDENTS.
  E. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL SUBMIT THE METHODOLOGY USED TO CALCULATE THE
COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH STUDENT ASSESSMENTS TO THE COMPTROLLER BEFORE  THE
COMMISSIONER  CONDUCTS THE STUDY PURSUANT TO THIS SUBDIVISION. THE COMP-
TROLLER SHALL MAKE A WRITTEN ANALYSIS OF THE  METHODOLOGY  USED  BY  THE
COMMISSIONER TO DETERMINE THE COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH STUDENT ASSESSMENTS.
THE COMPTROLLER'S ANALYSIS SHALL INCLUDE A DETERMINATION ABOUT THE QUAL-
ITY  OF THE METHODOLOGY USED BY THE COMMISSIONER AND THE EXTENT TO WHICH
THE METHODOLOGY WILL RESULT IN AN ANALYSIS THAT  PROPERLY  ACCOUNTS  FOR
THE ACTUAL COSTS INCURRED BY SCHOOL DISTRICTS ON STUDENT ASSESSMENTS AND
RELATED ACTIVITIES.
  S  2.  Section  305  of  the  education law is amended by adding a new
subdivision 44 to read as follows:
  44. A. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL UNDERTAKE A STATE-WIDE SURVEY OF  SCHOOL
ADMINISTRATORS  AND  TEACHERS ABOUT THE TIME THEY SPEND ON TEST PREPARA-
TION FOR EACH STUDENT ASSESSMENT AND THE IMPACT OF TEST  PREPARATION  ON
THE  QUALITY OF INSTRUCTION. THE SURVEY SHALL PROVIDE SCHOOL ADMINISTRA-
TORS AND TEACHER RESPONDENTS ANONYMITY.  THE SURVEY SHALL  INCLUDE:  THE
IMPACT THAT STUDENT ASSESSMENTS HAVE ON CURRICULUM; THE AMOUNT OF TIME A
TEACHER  SPENDS  ON TEST-TAKING STRATEGIES, SIMULATING THE TESTING ENVI-
RONMENT, AND ALIGNING CURRICULUM CONTENT TO ASSESSMENTS; THE  EXTENT  TO
WHICH   ASSESSMENTS   AFFECT  INSTRUCTION  TIME  FOR  DIFFERENT  STUDENT

S. 4712                             3

SUBGROUPS; AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT QUESTIONS ABOUT THE IMPACT OF  STUDENT
ASSESSMENTS  ON  THE SCHOOL LEARNING ENVIRONMENT. IN ADDITION THE SURVEY
SHALL SOLICIT RECOMMENDATIONS FROM SCHOOL  ADMINISTRATORS  AND  TEACHERS
REGARDING  MAKING  STUDENT  ASSESSMENTS  COST EFFECTIVE, TIME EFFICIENT,
SUPPORTIVE OF TEACHING AND LEARNING, ALIGNED  WITH  THE  CURRICULUM  AND
FOCUSED ON STUDENT AND TEACHER GROWTH.
  B.  THIS SURVEY SHALL RESULT IN A REPORT WHICH DETAILS THE RESULTS AND
CONCLUSIONS FROM THE SURVEY AND SHALL BE FILED WITH  THE  GOVERNOR,  THE
DIRECTOR OF THE DIVISION OF THE BUDGET, THE SPEAKER OF THE ASSEMBLY, THE
TEMPORARY  PRESIDENT  OF  THE SENATE, THE CHAIR OF THE ASSEMBLY WAYS AND
MEANS COMMITTEE, THE CHAIR OF  THE  SENATE  FINANCE  COMMITTEE  AND  THE
CHAIRS OF THE ASSEMBLY AND SENATE EDUCATION COMMITTEES BY DECEMBER THIR-
TY-FIRST, TWO THOUSAND THIRTEEN. SUCH REPORT SHALL ALSO BE POSTED ON THE
WEBSITE  OF  THE  DEPARTMENT  AND SHALL BE DEEMED A PUBLIC DOCUMENT. THE
REPORT SHALL NOT INCLUDE ANY INFORMATION WHICH  SPECIFICALLY  IDENTIFIES
ANY INDIVIDUAL SCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR, TEACHER OR PUPIL.
  S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.

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