Full Text of SB3986 102nd General Assembly
SB3986 102ND GENERAL ASSEMBLY
102ND GENERAL ASSEMBLY
State of Illinois
2021 and 2022
Introduced 1/21/2022, by Sen. Cristina H. Pacione-Zayas
SYNOPSIS AS INTRODUCED:
105 ILCS 5/2-3.64a-15 new
Amends the School Code. Prohibits the State Board of Education from
developing, purchasing, or requiring a school district to administer,
develop, or purchase a standardized assessment for students enrolled or
preparing to enroll in prekindergarten through grade 2, other than for
diagnostic purposes. Prohibits the State Board of Education from providing
funding for any standardized assessment of students enrolled or preparing
to enroll in prekindergarten through grade 2. Effective immediately.
A BILL FOR
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AN ACT concerning education.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
The School Code is amended by adding Section
2-3.64a-15 as follows:
(105 ILCS 5/2-3.64a-15 new)
Restrictions on prekindergarten through
grade 2 assessments.
(a) In this Section:
"Diagnostic purposes" means for the purpose of determining
if individual students need remedial instruction or to
determine eligibility for special education, early
intervention, or related services. Any assessment used to
determine eligibility for special education or related
services must be consistent with Section 614 of the federal
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. "Diagnostic
purposes" includes child find and the identification and
evaluation of students with disabilities. "Diagnostic
purposes" does not include any assessment in which student
scores are used to rate or rank a classroom, program, teacher,
school, school district, or jurisdiction.
"Standardized assessment" means an assessment that
requires all student test takers to answer the same questions,
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or a selection of questions from a common bank of questions, in
the same manner or substantially the same questions in the
same manner. "Standardized assessment" does not include an
observational assessment tool used to satisfy the requirements
of Section 2-3.64a-10.
(b) The State Board of Education may not develop,
purchase, or require a school district to administer, develop,
or purchase a standardized assessment for students enrolled or
preparing to enroll in prekindergarten through grade 2, other
than for diagnostic purposes.
(c) The State Board of Education may not provide funding
for any standardized assessment of students enrolled or
preparing to enroll in prekindergarten through grade 2.
(d) Nothing in this Section shall be construed to limit
the ability of a classroom teacher or school district to
develop, purchase, administer, or score an assessment for an
individual classroom, grade level, or group of grade levels in
any subject area in prekindergarten through the grade 2.
(e) Nothing in this Section limits procedures used by a
school or school district for child find under 34 CFR
300.111(c) or evaluation under 34 CFR 300.304.
(f) Nothing in this Section restricts the use of an annual
assessment of English proficiency of all English learners to
comply with Section 1111(b)(2)(G) of the federal Elementary
and Secondary Education Act of 1965.
This Act takes effect upon
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