Synopsis As Introduced Amends the State Board of Education - Powers and Duties Article of the School Code. Removes a provision providing that of the 3 assessments the State Board of Education shall administer of English language arts and mathematics for students in a secondary education program, one assessment shall include a college and career ready determination exam. Provides that the State Board shall enter into 2 separate contracts to administer 2 college and career-ready determination exams, including, but not limited to, one that is accepted by all of this State's public institutions of higher education, as well as all of the State's post-secondary educational institutions for the purpose of student application or admissions. Specifies that each student shall be offered the opportunity to choose between the 2 exams. Sets forth provisions providing that the State Board shall be required to cover all expenses for each student to take one of the 2 exams for the purpose of college application or admissions consideration.
House Committee Amendment No. 1 Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the School Code with respect to State assessments. Provides that of the 3 assessments of English language arts and mathematics administered to students in a secondary education program, one shall be the designated State assessment as selected by the State Board of Education (instead of requiring one of these assessments to include a college and career ready determination). Requires the State Board of Education to follow a competitive procurement process pursuant to the Illinois Procurement Code to seek bids from at least 2 separate vendors for a college entrance exam and to offer separate contracts to all qualified bidders to administer at least 2 college entrance exams. Requires each school district to administer one of these 2 college entrance exams to all eligible students during a regularly scheduled school day. Provides that, subject to appropriations for a college entrance exam, the State Board of Education shall pay for each student to take one college entrance exam's base product that renders a college reportable score.