senate Bill S8502

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Relates to public higher education admissions and standardized testing

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Jun 06, 2020 referred to rules

S8502 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Senate Rules
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add §340-a, Ed L
Versions Introduced in 2021-2022 Legislative Session:
S1904

S8502 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Prevents certain public institutions of higher education from using the scholastic aptitude test and ACT assessment in the admissions process on and after the two thousand twenty-three--two thousand twenty-four academic year for New York resident applicants and requires SUNY and CUNY to create a new standardized test by the two thousand twenty-five--two thousand twenty-six academic year.

S8502 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S8502 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                  8502

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              June 6, 2020
                               ___________

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

AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to public  higher  educa-
  tion admissions and standardized testing

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

  Section 1. The education law is amended by adding a new section  340-a
to read as follows:
  §  340-A. PUBLIC HIGHER EDUCATION ADMISSIONS AND STANDARDIZED TESTING.
1. FOR ALL PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION, EXCEPT  SUCH  INSTI-
TUTIONS THAT ARE CONSIDERED STATUTORY COLLEGES UNDER THIS CHAPTER:
  (A)  THE USE OF CURRENT STANDARDIZED TEST REQUIREMENTS FOR UNDERGRADU-
ATE ADMISSIONS OF NEW YORK RESIDENT APPLICANTS SHALL BE SUSPENDED  UNTIL
THE TWO THOUSAND TWENTY-FIVE--TWO THOUSAND TWENTY-SIX ACADEMIC YEAR.
  (B)  FOR  ENROLLMENT  DECISIONS FOR NEW YORK STATE RESIDENT APPLICANTS
FOR THE TWO THOUSAND TWENTY-ONE--TWO THOUSAND TWENTY-TWO AND  TWO  THOU-
SAND  TWENTY-TWO--TWO  THOUSAND  TWENTY-THREE ACADEMIC YEARS, SHALL HAVE
THE OPTION TO USE THE SCHOLASTIC APTITUDE TEST AND ACT  ASSESSMENT  TEST
SCORES IN SELECTION CONSIDERATION IF STUDENTS CHOOSE TO SUBMIT THEM.
  (C)  FOR  ENROLLMENT  DECISIONS FOR NEW YORK STATE RESIDENT APPLICANTS
FOR THE TWO THOUSAND  TWENTY-THREE--TWO  THOUSAND  TWENTY-FOUR  AND  TWO
THOUSAND TWENTY-FOUR--TWO THOUSAND TWENTY-FIVE ACADEMIC YEARS, SHALL NOT
CONSIDER  STANDARDIZED  TEST  SCORES  FOR ADMISSIONS SELECTION AND SHALL
PRACTICE TEST-BLIND ADMISSIONS SELECTION FOR  NEW  YORK  STATE  RESIDENT
APPLICANTS.
  2.  (A)  THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK AND
THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES FOR THE CITY UNIVERSITY OF  NEW  YORK  SHALL  EACH
IDENTIFY  AND CREATE A NEW TEST THAT ALIGNS WITH THE CONTENT THE RESPEC-
TIVE INSTITUTIONS EXPECT STUDENTS SHOULD HAVE  MASTERED  TO  DEMONSTRATE
COLLEGE READINESS FOR STUDENTS ENTERING SUCH INSTITUTIONS.
  (B)  IF  THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK AND
THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES FOR THE CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK ARE UNABLE  TO
EITHER  MODIFY  OR  CREATE  A  TEST THAT MEETS THESE CRITERIA AND CAN BE
AVAILABLE FOR APPLICANTS FOR THE TWO THOUSAND TWENTY-FIVE--TWO  THOUSAND

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets

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