senate Bill S4712A

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:
A6594A
Versions:
S4712
S4712A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง305, Ed L

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BILL NUMBER:S4712A

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 under-
take 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 assess-
ments 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:

1/08/14 - REFERRED TO EDUCATION
4/19/13 - REFERRED TO EDUCATION

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--A

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             April 19, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens. LATIMER, ADDABBO, BALL, CARLUCCI, GRIFFO, KENNEDY,
  MARCHIONE, MAZIARZ, PARKER, RITCHIE -- read twice and ordered printed,
  and when printed to be committed to  the  Committee  on  Education  --
  recommitted  to  the  Committee on Education in accordance with Senate
  Rule  6,  sec.  8  --  committee  discharged,  bill  amended,  ordered
  reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee

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 44 to read as follows:
  44. 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 THIRTEEN -- TWO THOUSAND FOURTEEN 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 FOURTEEN 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

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD10237-03-4

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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 THIRTEEN -- TWO THOUSAND FOURTEEN SCHOOL YEAR;
  (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  THIRTEEN-
-TWO  THOUSAND  FOURTEEN  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  DISTRIBUT-
ING AND COLLECTING ANSWERING SHEETS AND GIVING DIRECTIONS, AND THE TOTAL
AMOUNT  OF  TIME  SPENT PREPARING STUDENTS TO TAKE THE ASSESSMENTS. TIME
RELATED DATA COLLECTED PURSUANT TO THIS PARAGRAPH SHALL BE DISAGGREGATED
BY THE FOLLOWING STUDENT GROUPS:  ENGLISH  LANGUAGE  LEARNERS,  STUDENTS
RECEIVING  INTERVENTION OR REMEDIATION SERVICES, STUDENTS WITH DISABILI-
TIES,  GENERAL  EDUCATION  STUDENTS,  AND   ECONOMICALLY   DISADVANTAGED
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 45 to read as follows:
  45.  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

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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
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 FOURTEEN. 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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