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91_SB1666 LRB9111382NTks 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 1998-1999 school year, the State 10 Board of Education shall establish standards and 11 periodically, in collaboration with local school districts, 12 conduct studies of student performance in the learning areas 13 of fine arts and physical development/health. Beginning with 14 the 1998-1999 school year, the State Board of Education shall 15 annually test: (i) all pupils enrolled in the 3rd, 5th, and 16 8th grades in English language arts (reading, writing, and 17 English grammar) and mathematics; and (ii) all pupils 18 enrolled in the 4th and 7th grades in the biological and 19 physical sciences and the social sciences (history, 20 geography, civics, economics, and government). The State 21 Board of Education shall establish the academic standards 22 that are to be applicable to pupils who are subject to State 23 tests under this Section beginning with the 1998-1999 school 24 year. However, the State Board of Education shall not 25 establish any such standards in final form without first 26 providing opportunities for public participation and local 27 input in the development of the final academic standards. 28 Those opportunities shall include a well-publicized period of 29 public comment, public hearings throughout the State, and 30 opportunities to file written comments. Beginning with the 31 1998-99 school year and thereafter, the State tests will -2- LRB9111382NTks 1 identify pupils in the 3rd grade or 5th grade who do not meet 2 the State standards. If, by performance on the State tests 3 or local assessments or by teacher judgment, a student's 4 performance is determined to be 2 or more grades below 5 current placement, the student shall be provided a 6 remediation program developed by the district in consultation 7 with a parent or guardian. Such remediation programs may 8 include, but shall not be limited to, increased or 9 concentrated instructional time, a remedial summer school 10 program of not less than 90 hours, improved instructional 11 approaches, tutorial sessions, retention in grade, and 12 modifications to instructional materials. Each pupil for whom 13 a remediation program is developed under this subsection 14 shall be required to enroll in and attend whatever program 15 the district determines is appropriate for the pupil. 16 Districts may combine students in remediation programs where 17 appropriate and may cooperate with other districts in the 18 design and delivery of those programs. The parent or 19 guardian of a student required to attend a remediation 20 program under this Section shall be given written notice of 21 that requirement by the school district a reasonable time 22 prior to commencement of the remediation program that the 23 student is to attend. The State shall be responsible for 24 providing school districts with the new and additional 25 funding, under Section 2-3.51.5 or by other or additional 26 means, that is required to enable the districts to operate 27 remediation programs for the pupils who are required to 28 enroll in and attend those programs under this Section. Every 29 individualized educational program as described in Article 14 30 shall identify if the State test or components thereof are 31 appropriate for that student. For those pupils for whom the 32 State tests or components thereof are not appropriate, the 33 State Board of Education shall develop rules and regulations 34 governing the administration of alternative tests prescribed -3- LRB9111382NTks 1 within each student's individualized educational program 2 which are appropriate to the disability of each student. All 3 pupils who are in a State approved transitional bilingual 4 education program or transitional program of instruction 5 shall participate in the State tests. Any student who has 6 been enrolled in a State approved bilingual education program 7 less than 3 academic years shall be exempted if the student's 8 lack of English as determined by an English language 9 proficiency test would keep the student from understanding 10 the test, and that student's district shall have an 11 alternative test program in place for that student. The State 12 Board of Education shall appoint a task force of concerned 13 parents, teachers, school administrators and other 14 professionals to assist in identifying such alternative 15 tests. Reasonable accommodations as prescribed by the State 16 Board of Education shall be provided for individual students 17 in the testing procedure. All test procedures prescribed by 18 the State Board of Education shall require: (i) that each 19 test used for State and local student testing under this 20 Section identify by name the pupil taking the test; (ii) that 21 the name of the pupil taking the test be placed on the test 22 at the time the test is taken; (iii) that the results or 23 scores of each test taken under this Section by a pupil of 24 the school district be reported to that district and identify 25 by name the pupil who received the reported results or 26 scores; and (iv) that the results or scores of each test 27 taken under this Section be made available to the parents of 28 the pupil. In addition, beginning with the 2000-2001 school 29 year and in each school year thereafter, the highest scores 30 and performance levels attained by a student on the Prairie 31 State Achievement Examination administered under subsection 32 (c) of this Section shall become part of the student's 33 permanent record and shall be entered on the student's 34 transcript pursuant to regulations that the State Board of -4- LRB9111382NTks 1 Education shall promulgate for that purpose in accordance 2 with Section 3 and subsection (e) of Section 2 of the 3 Illinois School Student Records Act. Beginning with the 4 1998-1999 school year and in every school year thereafter, 5 scores received by students on the State assessment tests 6 administered in grades 3 through 8 shall be placed into 7 students' temporary records. Except for the Prairie State 8 Achievement Examination administered under subsection (c) of 9 this Section, State testing shall be conducted during the 10 month of May each year for all school districts.
The State11 Board of Education shall establish a common month in each12 school year for which State testing shall occur to meet the13 objectives of this Section. However, if the schools of a14 district are closed and classes are not scheduled during any15 week that is established by the State Board of Education as16 the week of the month when State testing under this Section17 shall occur, the school district may administer the required18 State testing at any time up to 2 weeks following the week19 established by the State Board of Education for the testing,20 so long as the school district gives the State Board of21 Education written notice of its intention to deviate from the22 established schedule by December 1 of the school year in23 which falls the week established by the State Board of24 Education for the testing.The maximum time allowed for all 25 actual testing required under this subsection during the 26 school year shall not exceed 25 hours as allocated among the 27 required tests by the State Board of Education. 28 (a-5) All tests administered pursuant to this Section 29 shall be academically based. For the purposes of this 30 Section "academically based tests" shall mean tests 31 consisting of questions and answers that are measurable and 32 quantifiable to measure the knowledge, skill, and ability of 33 students in the subject matters covered by tests. The scoring 34 of academically based tests shall be reliable, valid, -5- LRB9111382NTks 1 unbiased and shall meet the guidelines for test development 2 and use prescribed by the American Psychological Association, 3 the National Council of Measurement and Evaluation, and the 4 American Educational Research Association. Academically based 5 tests shall not include assessments or evaluations of 6 attitudes, values, or beliefs, or testing of personality, 7 self-esteem, or self-concept. Nothing in this amendatory Act 8 is intended, nor shall it be construed, to nullify, 9 supersede, or contradict the legislative intent on academic 10 testing expressed during the passage of HB 1005/P.A. 90-296. 11 Beginning in the 1998-1999 school year, the State Board 12 of Education may, on a pilot basis, include in the State 13 assessments in reading and math at each grade level tested no 14 more than 2 short answer questions, where students have to 15 respond in brief to questions or prompts or show 16 computations, rather than select from alternatives that are 17 presented. In the first year that such questions are used, 18 scores on the short answer questions shall not be reported on 19 an individual student basis but shall be aggregated for each 20 school building in which the tests are given. State-level, 21 school, and district scores shall be reported both with and 22 without the results of the short answer questions so that the 23 effect of short answer questions is clearly discernible. 24 Beginning in the second year of this pilot program, scores on 25 the short answer questions shall be reported both on an 26 individual student basis and on a school building basis in 27 order to monitor the effects of teacher training and 28 curriculum improvements on score results. 29 The State Board of Education shall not continue the use 30 of short answer questions in the math and reading 31 assessments, or extend the use of such questions to other 32 State assessments, unless this pilot project demonstrates 33 that the use of short answer questions results in a 34 statistically significant improvement in student achievement -6- LRB9111382NTks 1 as measured on the State assessments for math and reading and 2 is justifiable in terms of cost and student performance. 3 (b) It shall be the policy of the State to encourage 4 school districts to continuously test pupil proficiency in 5 the fundamental learning areas in order to: (i) provide 6 timely information on individual students' performance 7 relative to State standards that is adequate to guide 8 instructional strategies; (ii) improve future instruction; 9 and (iii) complement the information provided by the State 10 testing system described in this Section. Each district's 11 school improvement plan must address specific activities the 12 district intends to implement to assist pupils who by teacher 13 judgment and test results as prescribed in subsection (a) of 14 this Section demonstrate that they are not meeting State 15 standards or local objectives. Such activities may include, 16 but shall not be limited to, summer school, extended school 17 day, special homework, tutorial sessions, modified 18 instructional materials, other modifications in the 19 instructional program, reduced class size or retention in 20 grade. To assist school districts in testing pupil 21 proficiency in reading in the primary grades, the State Board 22 shall make optional reading inventories for diagnostic 23 purposes available to each school district that requests such 24 assistance. Districts that administer the reading 25 inventories may develop remediation programs for students who 26 perform in the bottom half of the student population. Those 27 remediation programs may be funded by moneys provided under 28 the School Safety and Educational Improvement Block Grant 29 Program established under Section 2-3.51.5. Nothing in this 30 Section shall prevent school districts from implementing 31 testing and remediation policies for grades not required 32 under this Section. 33 (c) Beginning with the 2000-2001 school year, each 34 school district that operates a high school program for -7- LRB9111382NTks 1 students in grades 9 through 12 shall annually administer the 2 Prairie State Achievement Examination established under this 3 subsection to its students as set forth below. The Prairie 4 State Achievement Examination shall be developed by the State 5 Board of Education to measure student performance in the 6 academic areas of reading, writing, mathematics, science, and 7 social sciences. The State Board of Education shall 8 establish the academic standards that are to apply in 9 measuring student performance on the Prairie State 10 Achievement Examination including the minimum examination 11 score in each area that will qualify a student to receive a 12 Prairie State Achievement Award from the State in recognition 13 of the student's excellent performance. Each school district 14 that is subject to the requirements of this subsection (c) 15 shall afford all students 2 opportunities to take the Prairie 16 State Achievement Examination beginning as late as practical 17 during the second semester of grade 11, but in no event 18 before March 1. The State Board of Education shall establish 19 a common month in each school year for which testing under 20 this subsection (c) shall occur to meet the objectives of 21 this Section. The State Board of Education shall annually 22 notify districts of the weeks during which these test 23 administrations shall be required to occur. However, if the 24 schools of a district are closed and classes are not 25 scheduled during any week that is established by the State 26 Board of Education as the week of the month when testing 27 under this subsection (c) shall occur, the school district 28 may administer the testing at any time up to 2 weeks 29 following the week established by the State Board of 30 Education for the testing, so long as the school district 31 gives the State Board of Education written notice of its 32 intention to deviate from the established schedule by 33 December 1 of the school year in which falls the week 34 established by the State Board of Education for the testing. -8- LRB9111382NTks 1 Every individualized educational program as described in 2 Article 14 shall identify if the Prairie State Achievement 3 Examination or components thereof are appropriate for that 4 student. Each student, exclusive of a student whose 5 individualized educational program developed under Article 14 6 identifies the Prairie State Achievement Examination as 7 inappropriate for the student, shall be required to take the 8 examination in grade 11. For each academic area the State 9 Board of Education shall establish the score that qualifies 10 for the Prairie State Achievement Award on that portion of 11 the examination. Any student who fails to earn a qualifying 12 score for a Prairie State Achievement Award in any one or 13 more of the academic areas on the initial test administration 14 or who wishes to improve his or her score on any portion of 15 the examination shall be permitted to retake such portion or 16 portions of the examination during grade 12. Districts shall 17 inform their students of the timelines and procedures 18 applicable to their participation in every yearly 19 administration of the Prairie State Achievement Examination. 20 Students receiving special education services whose 21 individualized educational programs identify the Prairie 22 State Achievement Examination as inappropriate for them 23 nevertheless shall have the option of taking the examination, 24 which shall be administered to those students in accordance 25 with standards adopted by the State Board of Education to 26 accommodate the respective disabilities of those students. A 27 student who successfully completes all other applicable high 28 school graduation requirements but fails to receive a score 29 on the Prairie State Achievement Examination that qualifies 30 the student for receipt of a Prairie State Achievement Award 31 shall nevertheless qualify for the receipt of a regular high 32 school diploma. 33 (Source: P.A. 90-566, eff. 1-2-98; 90-789, eff. 8-14-98; 34 91-283, eff. 7-29-99.) -9- LRB9111382NTks 1 Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon 2 becoming law.
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