SCH CD-TRANSITION BILINGUAL ED
Synopsis of Bill as introduced:
Amends the Transitional Bilingual Education Article of the School
Code. Beginning July 1, 2003, requires the State Board of Education
to implement a test or tests to assess the speaking, reading, writing,
and grammar skills of applicants for a certificate in the English
language and in the language of the transitional bilingual education
program requested by the applicant. Effective immediately.
FISCAL NOTE (State Board of Education)
A $44 test fee for 1,300 applicants would generate $57,200.
A commercial test costs $65 per test. Development of new
tests would cost $1,000,000 over 2 to 3 years.
STATE MANDATES NOTE (State Board of Education)
Same as SBE fiscal note.
HOUSE AMENDMENT NO. 1.
Provides that the implementation of the assessment test shall
begin on July 1, 2001 instead of July 1, 2003.
FISCAL NOTE, H-AM 1 (State Board of Education)
The State Bd. of Ed. provides approximately $60,000 to support
the bilingual language-testing program. The fees charged appli-
cants would not offset the developmental costs for new tests.
If the agency were to develop a new assessment, it would have
to budget for these costs in future budget requests.
Last action on Bill: PUBLIC ACT.............................. 91-0370
Last action date: 99-07-30
Amendments to Bill: AMENDMENTS ADOPTED: HOUSE - 1 SENATE - 0
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