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Full Text of HB4362  99th General Assembly


Rep. Michael D. Unes

Filed: 3/23/2016





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend House Bill 4362 by replacing
3everything after the enacting clause with the following:
4    "Section 5. The School Code is amended by changing Section
52-3.64a-5 as follows:
6    (105 ILCS 5/2-3.64a-5)
7    Sec. 2-3.64a-5. State goals and assessment.
8    (a) For the assessment and accountability purposes of this
9Section, "students" includes those students enrolled in a
10public or State-operated elementary school, secondary school,
11or cooperative or joint agreement with a governing body or
12board of control, a charter school operating in compliance with
13the Charter Schools Law, a school operated by a regional office
14of education under Section 13A-3 of this Code, or a public
15school administered by a local public agency or the Department
16of Human Services.



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1    (b) The State Board of Education shall establish the
2academic standards that are to be applicable to students who
3are subject to State assessments under this Section. The State
4Board of Education shall not establish any such standards in
5final form without first providing opportunities for public
6participation and local input in the development of the final
7academic standards. Those opportunities shall include a
8well-publicized period of public comment and opportunities to
9file written comments.
10    (c) Beginning no later than the 2014-2015 school year, the
11State Board of Education shall annually assess all students
12enrolled in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and
14    Beginning no later than the 2017-2018 school year, the
15State Board of Education shall annually assess all students in
16science at one grade in grades 3 through 5, at one grade in
17grades 6 through 8, and at one grade in grades 9 through 12.
18    The State Board of Education shall annually assess schools
19that operate a secondary education program, as defined in
20Section 22-22 of this Code, in English language arts and
21mathematics. The State Board of Education shall administer no
22more than 3 assessments, per student, of English language arts
23and mathematics for students in a secondary education program,
24one of which shall be the designated State assessment as
25selected by the State Board of Education. The State Board of
26Education shall follow a competitive procurement process



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1pursuant to the Illinois Procurement Code to seek bids from at
2least 2 separate vendors for a college entrance exam. The State
3Board of Education shall offer separate contracts to all
4qualified bidders to administer at least 2 college entrance
5exams, including, but not limited to, one that is accepted by
6all of this State's public institutions of higher education, as
7defined under the Board of Higher Education Act, as well as all
8of this State's post-secondary educational institutions, as
9defined under the Private College Act, for the purpose of
10student application or admissions. Each school district shall
11administer one of these 2 college entrance exams to all
12eligible students during a regularly scheduled school day.
13Subject to appropriations for a college entrance exam, the
14State Board of Education shall pay for each student to take one
15college entrance exam's base product that renders a college
16reportable score. One of these assessments shall include a
17college and career ready determination that shall be accepted
18by this State's public institutions of higher education, as
19defined in the Board of Higher Education Act, for the purpose
20of student application or admissions consideration.
21    Students who are not assessed for college and career ready
22determinations may not receive a regular high school diploma
23unless the student is exempted from taking State assessments
24under subsection (d) of this Section because (i) the student's
25individualized educational program developed under Article 14
26of this Code identifies the State assessment as inappropriate



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1for the student, (ii) the student is enrolled in a program of
2adult and continuing education, as defined in the Adult
3Education Act, (iii) the school district is not required to
4assess the individual student for purposes of accountability
5under federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 requirements,
6(iv) the student has been determined to be an English learner
7and has been enrolled in schools in the United States for less
8than 12 months, or (v) the student is otherwise identified by
9the State Board of Education, through rules, as being exempt
10from the assessment.
11    The State Board of Education shall not assess students
12under this Section in subjects not required by this Section.
13    Districts shall inform their students of the timelines and
14procedures applicable to their participation in every yearly
15administration of the State assessments. The State Board of
16Education shall establish periods of time in each school year
17during which State assessments shall occur to meet the
18objectives of this Section.
19    (d) Every individualized educational program as described
20in Article 14 shall identify if the State assessment or
21components thereof are appropriate for the student. The State
22Board of Education shall develop rules governing the
23administration of an alternate assessment that may be available
24to students for whom participation in this State's regular
25assessments is not appropriate, even with accommodations as
26allowed under this Section.



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1    Students receiving special education services whose
2individualized educational programs identify them as eligible
3for the alternative State assessments nevertheless shall have
4the option of taking this State's regular assessment that
5includes a college and career ready determination, which shall
6be administered in accordance with the eligible accommodations
7appropriate for meeting these students' respective needs.
8    All students determined to be English learners shall
9participate in the State assessments, excepting those students
10who have been enrolled in schools in the United States for less
11than 12 months. Such students may be exempted from
12participation in one annual administration of the English
13language arts assessment. Any student determined to be an
14English learner shall receive appropriate assessment
15accommodations, including language supports, which shall be
16established by rule. Approved assessment accommodations must
17be provided until the student's English language skills develop
18to the extent that the student is no longer considered to be an
19English learner, as demonstrated through a State-identified
20English language proficiency assessment.
21    (e) The results or scores of each assessment taken under
22this Section shall be made available to the parents of each
24    In each school year, the scores attained by a student on
25the State assessment that includes a college and career ready
26determination must be placed in the student's permanent record



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1and must be entered on the student's transcript pursuant to
2rules that the State Board of Education shall adopt for that
3purpose in accordance with Section 3 of the Illinois School
4Student Records Act. In each school year, the scores attained
5by a student on the State assessments administered in grades 3
6through 8 must be placed in the student's temporary record.
7    (f) All schools shall administer an academic assessment of
8English language proficiency in oral language (listening and
9speaking) and reading and writing skills to all children
10determined to be English learners.
11    (g) All schools in this State that are part of the sample
12drawn by the National Center for Education Statistics, in
13collaboration with their school districts and the State Board
14of Education, shall administer the biennial academic
15assessments under the National Assessment of Educational
16Progress carried out under Section 411(b)(2) of the federal
17National Education Statistics Act of 1994 (20 U.S.C. 9010) if
18the U.S. Secretary of Education pays the costs of administering
19the assessments.
20    (h) Subject to available funds to this State for the
21purpose of student assessment, the State Board of Education
22shall provide additional assessments and assessment resources
23that may be used by school districts for local assessment
24purposes. The State Board of Education shall annually
25distribute a listing of these additional resources.
26    (i) For the purposes of this subsection (i), "academically



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1based assessments" means assessments consisting of questions
2and answers that are measurable and quantifiable to measure the
3knowledge, skills, and ability of students in the subject
4matters covered by the assessments. All assessments
5administered pursuant to this Section must be academically
6based assessments. The scoring of academically based
7assessments shall be reliable, valid, and fair and shall meet
8the guidelines for assessment development and use prescribed by
9the American Psychological Association, the National Council
10on Measurement in Education, and the American Educational
11Research Association.
12    The State Board of Education shall review the use of all
13assessment item types in order to ensure that they are valid
14and reliable indicators of student performance aligned to the
15learning standards being assessed and that the development,
16administration, and scoring of these item types are justifiable
17in terms of cost.
18    (j) The State Superintendent of Education shall appoint a
19committee of no more than 21 members, consisting of parents,
20teachers, school administrators, school board members,
21assessment experts, regional superintendents of schools, and
22citizens, to review the State assessments administered by the
23State Board of Education. The Committee shall select one of its
24members as its chairperson. The Committee shall meet on an
25ongoing basis to review the content and design of the
26assessments (including whether the requirements of subsection



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1(i) of this Section have been met), the time and money expended
2at the local and State levels to prepare for and administer the
3assessments, the collective results of the assessments as
4measured against the stated purpose of assessing student
5performance, and other issues involving the assessments
6identified by the Committee. The Committee shall make periodic
7recommendations to the State Superintendent of Education and
8the General Assembly concerning the assessments.
9    (k) The State Board of Education may adopt rules to
10implement this Section.
11(Source: P.A. 98-972, eff. 8-15-14; 99-30, eff. 7-10-15;
1299-185, eff. 1-1-16; revised 10-16-15.)".