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      105 ILCS 5/2-3.64         from Ch. 122, par. 2-3.64
          Amends the School Code.   Beginning  with  the  1998-1999
      school  year, requires the State Board of Education to report
      all  assessment  scores  by  May  1,  except   that   writing
      assessment  scores  must  be reported by August 1.  Effective
 1        AN ACT to amend  the  School  Code  by  changing  Section
 2    2-3.64.
 3        Be  it  enacted  by  the People of the State of Illinois,
 4    represented in the General Assembly:
 5        Section 5.   The  School  Code  is  amended  by  changing
 6    Section 2-3.64 as follows:
 7        (105 ILCS 5/2-3.64) (from Ch. 122, par. 2-3.64)
 8        Sec. 2-3.64.  State goals and assessment.
 9        (a)  Beginning  in  the  1992-93  school  year, the State
10    Board of Education shall establish  standards  and  annually,
11    through  the  1997-1998  school year,  assess the performance
12    of:  (i) all pupils enrolled in the 3rd, 6th, 8th,  and  10th
13    grades   in   language   arts   (reading   and  writing)  and
14    mathematics; and (ii) all pupils enrolled in  the  4th,  7th,
15    and  11th  grades  in  the  biological,  physical, and social
16    sciences.  Beginning in the 1998-1999 school year, the  State
17    Board    of   Education   shall   establish   standards   and
18    periodically, in collaboration with local  school  districts,
19    conduct  studies of student performance in the learning areas
20    of fine arts and physical development/health.  Beginning with
21    the 1998-1999 school year, the State Board of Education shall
22    annually assess the performance of: (i) all  pupils  enrolled
23    in  the  3rd,  5th,  8th, and 10th grades in English language
24    arts (reading and writing)  and  mathematics;  and  (ii)  all
25    pupils  enrolled  in  the  4th,  7th,  and 11th grades in the
26    biological and physical sciences  and  the  social  sciences.
27    Beginning  with the 1998-1999 school year, the State Board of
28    Education shall report all assessment scores by May 1, except
29    that writing assessment scores must be reported by August  1.
30    The  State  Board of Education shall establish, in final form
31    and  within  one  year  after  the  effective  date  of  this
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 1    amendatory Act of 1996, the academic standards that are to be
 2    applicable to pupils who  are  subject  to  State  assessment
 3    under  this Section beginning with the 1998-1999 school year.
 4    However, the State Board of Education shall not establish any
 5    such  standards  in  final  form  without   first   providing
 6    opportunities for public participation and local input in the
 7    development   of   the   final   academic  standards.   Those
 8    opportunities  shall  include  a  well-publicized  period  of
 9    public comment, public hearings  throughout  the  State,  and
10    opportunities  to  file  written comments. Beginning with the
11    1998-99 school year and thereafter, the State assessment will
12    identify pupils in the 3rd grade or 5th grade who do not meet
13    the  State  standards.   If,  by  performance  on  the  State
14    assessment or local assessments or  by  teacher  judgment,  a
15    student's  performance  is  determined to be 2 or more grades
16    below current placement, the  student  shall  be  provided  a
17    remediation program developed by the district in consultation
18    with  a  parent  or  guardian.  Such remediation programs may
19    include,  but  shall  not  be  limited   to,   increased   or
20    concentrated  instructional  time,  a  remedial summer school
21    program of not less than  90  hours,  improved  instructional
22    approaches,   tutorial  sessions,  retention  in  grade,  and
23    modifications to instructional materials. Each pupil for whom
24    a remediation program  is  developed  under  this  subsection
25    shall  be  required  to enroll in and attend whatever program
26    the  district  determines  is  appropriate  for  the   pupil.
27    Districts  may combine students in remediation programs where
28    appropriate and may cooperate with  other  districts  in  the
29    design  and  delivery  of  those  programs.   The  parent  or
30    guardian  of  a  student  required  to  attend  a remediation
31    program under this Section shall be given written  notice  of
32    that  requirement  by  the  school district a reasonable time
33    prior to commencement of the  remediation  program  that  the
34    student  is  to  attend.  The  State shall be responsible for
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 1    providing  school  districts  with  the  new  and  additional
 2    funding, under Section 2-3.51.5 or  by  other  or  additional
 3    means,  that  is  required to enable the districts to operate
 4    remediation programs for  the  pupils  who  are  required  to
 5    enroll in and attend those programs under this Section. Every
 6    individualized educational program as described in Article 14
 7    shall  identify  if  the State test or components thereof are
 8    appropriate for that student.  For those pupils for whom  the
 9    State  test  or  components  thereof are not appropriate, the
10    State Board of Education shall develop rules and  regulations
11    governing   the  administration  of  alternative  assessments
12    prescribed within each student's  individualized  educational
13    program  which  are  appropriate  to  the  disability of each
14    student.  All pupils who are in a State approved transitional
15    bilingual  education  program  or  transitional  program   of
16    instruction  shall  participate in the State assessment.  Any
17    student who has been enrolled in a State  approved  bilingual
18    education  program  less  than  3  academic  years  shall  be
19    exempted if the student's lack of English as determined by an
20    English language proficiency test would keep the student from
21    understanding  the  test,  and  that student's district shall
22    have an alternative assessment  program  in  place  for  that
23    student.  The  State  Board of Education shall appoint a task
24    force of concerned parents, teachers,  school  administrators
25    and   other  professionals  to  assist  in  identifying  such
26    alternative assessment programs. Reasonable accommodations as
27    prescribed by the State Board of Education shall be  provided
28    for  individual  students  in  the assessment procedure.  All
29    assessment  procedures  prescribed  by  the  State  Board  of
30    Education shall require: (i) that each test  used  for  State
31    and  local  student  assessment  testing  under  this Section
32    identify by name the pupil taking the  test;  (ii)  that  the
33    name  of  the  pupil taking the test be placed on the test at
34    the time the test is taken; (iii) that the results or  scores
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 1    of  each  test  taken  under  this  Section by a pupil of the
 2    school district be reported to that district and identify  by
 3    name  the  pupil who received the reported results or scores;
 4    and (iv) that the results or scores of each test taken  under
 5    this  Section  be made available to the parents of the pupil.
 6    In addition, beginning with the 1998-1999 school year and  in
 7    each school year thereafter, all scores received by a student
 8    on   the   Illinois   Goals   and  Assessment  Program  tests
 9    administered in grades 10  and  11  by  the  State  Board  of
10    Education   under   this  Section  and,  beginning  with  the
11    1999-2000 school year and in each school year thereafter, the
12    scores received by a student on the Prairie State Achievement
13    Examination administered under subsection (c) of this Section
14    shall become part of the student's permanent record and shall
15    be entered therein pursuant to  regulations  that  the  State
16    Board  of  Education  shall  promulgate  for  that purpose in
17    accordance with Section 3 and subsection (e) of Section 2  of
18    the  Illinois  School Student Records Act. Scores received by
19    students on the Illinois Goals and Assessment  Program  tests
20    administered  in  other grades shall be placed into students'
21    temporary records.  Except as provided in subsection  (c)  of
22    this  Section, the State Board of Education shall establish a
23    common month in each school  year  for  which  State  testing
24    shall occur to meet the objectives of this Section.  However,
25    if  the  schools of a district are closed and classes are not
26    scheduled during any week that is established  by  the  State
27    Board  of  Education  as  the  week  of  the month when State
28    testing under this Section shall occur, the  school  district
29    may administer the required State testing at any time up to 2
30    weeks  following  the  week established by the State Board of
31    Education for the testing, so long  as  the  school  district
32    gives  the  State  Board  of  Education written notice of its
33    intention to deviate from the established schedule by January
34    2 of the year in which falls  the  week  established  by  the
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 1    State  Board  of Education for the testing.  The maximum time
 2    allowed for all actual testing required under this subsection
 3    during the school year shall not exceed 25 hours as allocated
 4    among the required tests by the State Board of Education.
 5        (a-5)  Any  IGAP  test  administered  pursuant  to   this
 6    Section shall be academically based.
 7        (b)  It  shall  be  the  policy of the State to encourage
 8    school districts to continuously assess pupil proficiency  in
 9    the  fundamental  learning  areas  in  order to:  (i) provide
10    timely  information  on  individual   students'   performance
11    relative  to  State  standards  that  is  adequate  to  guide
12    instructional  strategies;  (ii)  improve future instruction;
13    and (iii) complement the information provided  by  the  State
14    assessment system described in this Section.  Each district's
15    school  improvement plan must address specific activities the
16    district intends to implement to assist pupils who by teacher
17    judgment and assessment results as prescribed  in  subsection
18    (a)  of  this  Section  demonstrate that they are not meeting
19    State goals or local objectives. Such activities may include,
20    but shall not be limited to, summer school,  extended  school
21    day,    special   homework,   tutorial   sessions,   modified
22    instructional   materials,   other   modifications   in   the
23    instructional program, reduced class  size  or  retention  in
24    grade.     To  assist  school  districts  in  assessing pupil
25    proficiency in reading in the primary grades, the State Board
26    shall  make  optional  reading  inventories  for   diagnostic
27    purposes available to each school district that requests such
28    assistance.     Districts   that   administer   the   reading
29    inventories may develop remediation programs for students who
30    perform in the bottom half of the student population.   Those
31    remediation  programs  may be funded by moneys provided under
32    the School Safety and  Educational  Improvement  Block  Grant
33    Program  established  under Section 2-3.51.5. Nothing in this
34    Section shall  prevent  school  districts  from  implementing
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 1    testing  and  remediation  policies  for  grades not required
 2    under this Section.
 3        (c)  Beginning  with  the  1999-2000  school  year,  each
 4    school district that  operates  a  high  school  program  for
 5    students in grades 9 through 12 shall annually administer the
 6    Prairie  State Achievement Examination established under this
 7    subsection to its 12th grade students  as  set  forth  below.
 8    The  Prairie State Achievement Examination shall be developed
 9    by  the  State  Board  of  Education   to   measure   student
10    performance  in  the 5 fundamental academic areas of reading,
11    writing, mathematics,  science,  and  social  sciences.   The
12    State   Board  of  Education  shall  establish  the  academic
13    standards that are to apply in measuring student  performance
14    on  the  Prairie  State  Achievement  Examination  in those 5
15    fundamental academic areas, including the  minimum  composite
16    examination  score  and  the minimum score in each area that,
17    taken together, will  qualify  a  student  to  receive    the
18    Prairie State Achievement Award from the State in recognition
19    of  the student's excellent performance. Each school district
20    that is subject to the requirements of  this  subsection  (c)
21    shall afford a graduating student 2 opportunities to take the
22    Prairie  State Achievement Examination during the semester in
23    which  the  student  will  graduate.    The  State  Board  of
24    Education shall annually notify districts of the weeks during
25    which these test administrations shall be required to  occur.
26    Each  student,  exclusive  of  a student whose individualized
27    educational program developed under Article 14 identifies the
28    Prairie State Achievement Examination  as  inappropriate  for
29    the student, shall be required to take the examination in the
30    final  semester  before his or her graduation.  Score reports
31    for each fundamental academic area shall indicate  the  score
32    that  qualifies  as an excellent score on that portion of the
33    examination.   Any  student  who   attains   a   satisfactory
34    composite  score  but who fails to earn a qualifying score in
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 1    any one or more of the  fundamental  academic  areas  on  the
 2    initial test administration for the semester during which the
 3    student  will graduate from high school shall be permitted to
 4    retake such portion or portions of the examination during the
 5    second test of that semester.  Districts shall  inform  their
 6    students  of the timelines and procedures applicable to their
 7    optional participation in such additional administrations  of
 8    the Prairie State Achievement Examination. Students receiving
 9    special  education  services whose individualized educational
10    programs identify the Prairie State  Achievement  Examination
11    as  inappropriate for them nevertheless shall have the option
12    of taking the examination, which  shall  be  administered  to
13    those  students  in accordance with standards adopted  by the
14    State  Board  of  Education  to  accommodate  the  respective
15    disabilities of those students.  A student  who  successfully
16    completes   all   other  applicable  high  school  graduation
17    requirements but fails to receive  a  score  on  the  Prairie
18    State  Achievement Examination that qualifies the student for
19    receipt  of  the  Prairie  State  Achievement   Award   shall
20    nevertheless qualify for the receipt of a regular high school
21    diploma.
22    (Source:  P.A.89-610, eff. 8-6-96; 90-566, eff. 1-2-98.)
23        Section  99.  Effective date.  This Act takes effect upon
24    becoming law.

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