senate Bill S4764

Amended

Relates to standardized testing for grades kindergarten through grade two

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  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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  • 23 / Apr / 2013
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • 19 / Jun / 2013
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO EDUCATION
  • 19 / Jun / 2013
    • PRINT NUMBER 4764A
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • 29 / Jan / 2014
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO EDUCATION
  • 29 / Jan / 2014
    • PRINT NUMBER 4764B

Summary

Relates to standardized testing for grades kindergarten through grade two; prohibits the use of assessments for anything other than diagnostic purposes.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S4764
S4764A
S4764B
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง305, Ed L

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S4764

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to
standardized testing for kindergarten, grade one or grade two

PURPOSE: This bill prohibits school districts from using state
developed or comparable assessments for any purpose other than
diagnosis.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 amends section 305 of the education law to require the
commissioner to prohibit the administration of state developed or
other assessments to students in kindergarten, grade one or made two
for any purpose other than diagnosis.

Section 2 makes this act effective on July 1, 2013.

JUSTIFICATION: Although the State does not require it, many school
districts are beginning to administer commercially developed
standardized tests to students in the early grades. These tests are
not being used for diagnostic purposes or to identify academic needs.
Assessing students in the early years should be used to help students
develop the skills they will need in the future. These high stakes
tests do not meet this objective.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall be effective on July 1, 2013.

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

                                  4764

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             April 23, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  GIPSON -- 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  standardized  testing
  for kindergarten, grade one or grade two

  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. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF LAW OR  REGULATION  TO  THE
CONTRARY,  THE  COMMISSIONER  SHALL PROHIBIT THE ADMINISTRATION OF STATE
DEVELOPED  ASSESSMENT  OR  OTHER  COMPARABLE  ASSESSMENTS  TO   STUDENTS
ENROLLED IN KINDERGARTEN, GRADE ONE OR GRADE TWO THAT ARE BEING USED FOR
ANYTHING  OTHER  THAN  DIAGNOSTIC  PURPOSES.  PROVIDED  FURTHER,  SCHOOL
DISTRICTS SHALL USE DISTRICT, REGIONAL, OR BOCES  DEVELOPED  ASSESSMENTS
TO  COMPLY WITH PARAGRAPH F OF SUBDIVISION TWO OF SECTION THREE THOUSAND
TWELVE-C OF THIS CHAPTER FOR STUDENTS ENROLLED  IN  KINDERGARTEN,  GRADE
ONE  OR  GRADE  TWO.  THE  COMMISSIONER  SHALL PROMULGATE REGULATIONS TO
IMPLEMENT THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SUBDIVISION.
  S 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2013.





 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD10239-01-3

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