senate Bill S4764B

Relates to standardized testing for grades kindergarten through grade two

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    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
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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:S4764B

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, 2014.

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, 2014.

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

                                 4764--B

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             April 23, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced by Sens. GIPSON, ADDABBO, HOYLMAN, KENNEDY, KRUEGER, LATIMER,
  PERKINS,  TKACZYK  -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed
  to be committed to the Committee on Education -- committee discharged,
  bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended  and  recommitted  to  said
  committee  --  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 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 44 to read as follows:
  44.  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  ANNUAL PROFESSIONAL PERFORMANCE REVIEW PLANS SHALL USE ONE OF
THE FOLLOWING OPTIONS TO COMPLY WITH PARAGRAPH F OF SUBDIVISION  TWO  OF
SECTION THREE THOUSAND TWELVE-C OF THIS CHAPTER FOR TEACHERS OF STUDENTS
ENROLLED IN KINDERGARTEN, GRADE ONE OR GRADE TWO: DISTRICT, REGIONAL, OR
BOCES  DEVELOPED  ASSESSMENTS;  SCHOOL  WIDE  MEASURE  OF EITHER STUDENT
GROWTH OR ACHIEVEMENT; OR A STRUCTURED DISTRICT WIDE STUDENT GROWTH GOAL
SETTING PROCESS.   THE  COMMISSIONER  SHALL  PROMULGATE  REGULATIONS  TO
IMPLEMENT THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SUBDIVISION.
  S 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2014.


 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD10239-05-4

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