Synopsis As Introduced Amends the State goals and assessment provisions of the School Code. With respect to the testing of all pupils enrolled in 3rd through 8th grade, provides that for assessment and accountability purposes, "all pupils" includes those pupils enrolled in a nonpublic school recognized by the State Board of Education. Provides that testing of a nonpublic school pupil is at the discretion of his or her parent or guardian. Provides that the testing of nonpublic school pupils must be administered at a public school in the school district where the nonpublic school is located at the same time as the test is administered at that public school. Allows the State Board of Education and the school district to charge a reasonable fee to nonpublic school pupils to cover the costs of test administration. Makes related changes. Requires the State Board to adopt rules to implement the amendatory changes. Effective July 1, 2013.
Fiscal Note (State Board of Education)
The exact cost for the State is difficult to determine, in part because there is no way of knowing how many non-public students will choose to take the State assessments. Regardless of the number of students that choose to participate in the State assessment, there will still be costs for changing vendor contracts, adding additional materials, shipping additional materials, and making adjustments to online systems. We estimate that the increased costs could be as much as a 25% increase to our current contracts for the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT), which could be around an additional $5 million. The July 1, 2013 effective date will also increase costs because costs will be higher with assessment vendors for making changes to existing contracts. The legislation allows both school districts and the State to charge parents a fee to cover the costs of the non-public testing, but the State will have to appropriate funding to cover initial start-up costs before any fees could be assessed.
Land Conveyance Appraisal Note (Dept. of Transportation)
No land conveyances are included in this bill; therefore, there are no appraisals to be filed.
Correctional Note (Dept of Corrections)
There are no penalty enhancements associated with this bill. The bill would have no fiscal or population impact on the Department of Corrections.
State Debt Impact Note (Government Forecasting & Accountability)
This bill would not change the amount of authorization for any type of State-issued or State-supported bond, and, therefore would not affect the level of State indebtedness.
State Mandates Fiscal Note (Dept. of Commerce & Economic Opportunity)
This bill creates a State mandate.
Home Rule Note (Dept. of Commerce & Economic Opportunity)
This bill does not pre-empt home rule authority.
Housing Affordability Impact Note (Housing Development Authority)
This bill will have no effect on the cost of constructing, purchasing, owning, or selling a single-family residence.
There is no discernible fiscal impact of any pension system associated with HB 2944.
Judicial Note (Admin Office of the Illinois Courts)
This bill would neither increase nor decrease the number of judges needed in the State.
Balanced Budget Note (Office of Management and Budget)
HB 2944 is anticipated to have no significant fiscal impact to the State. Although the total increase in costs cannot yet be determined, the legislation provides the State Board of Education and school districts the authority to charge fees in order to cover costs associated with test administration for nonpublic school students.