State of Illinois
90th General Assembly

   [ Search ]   [ Legislation ]   [ Bill Summary ]
[ Home ]   [ Back ]   [ Bottom ]


      105 ILCS 5/2-3.64         from Ch. 122, par. 2-3.64
          Amends the School Code.  Makes a change of grammar in the
      provisions relating to the IGAP program.
 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,    shall  assess  the
12    performance of:  (i) all pupils enrolled  in  the  3rd,  6th,
13    8th,  and  10th grades in language arts (reading and writing)
14    and mathematics; and (ii) all pupils  enrolled  in  the  4th,
15    7th,  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. The
27    State Board of Education shall establish, in final  form  and
28    within  one  year after the effective date of this amendatory
29    Act of 1996, the academic standards that are to be applicable
30    to pupils who are subject  to  State  assessment  under  this
31    Section  beginning  with the 1998-1999 school year.  However,
                            -2-                LRB9009202THcd
 1    the State Board of Education shall  not  establish  any  such
 2    standards in final form without first providing opportunities
 3    for  public  participation and local input in the development
 4    of the final academic standards.  Those  opportunities  shall
 5    include  a  well-publicized  period of public comment, public
 6    hearings throughout the  State,  and  opportunities  to  file
 7    written  comments. Beginning with the 1998-99 school year and
 8    thereafter, the State assessment will identify pupils in  the
 9    3rd  grade  or 5th grade who do not meet the State standards.
10    If,  by  performance  on  the  State  assessment   or   local
11    assessments  or  by teacher judgment, a student's performance
12    is determined to be 2 or more grades below current placement,
13    the student shall be provided a remediation program developed
14    by the district in consultation with a  parent  or  guardian.
15    Such  remediation  programs  may  include,  but  shall not be
16    limited to, increased or concentrated instructional  time,  a
17    remedial  summer  school  program  of not less than 90 hours,
18    improved   instructional   approaches,   tutorial   sessions,
19    retention  in  grade,  and  modifications  to   instructional
20    materials.  Each  pupil  for  whom  a  remediation program is
21    developed under this subsection shall be required  to  enroll
22    in  and  attend  whatever  program the district determines is
23    appropriate for the pupil. Districts may combine students  in
24    remediation programs where appropriate and may cooperate with
25    other districts in the design and delivery of those programs.
26    The  parent  or  guardian  of  a student required to attend a
27    remediation program under this Section shall be given written
28    notice  of  that  requirement  by  the  school   district   a
29    reasonable  time  prior  to  commencement  of the remediation
30    program that the student is to attend.  The  State  shall  be
31    responsible  for  providing school districts with the new and
32    additional funding, under Section 2-3.51.5  or  by  other  or
33    additional means, that is required to enable the districts to
34    operate  remediation programs for the pupils who are required
                            -3-                LRB9009202THcd
 1    to enroll in and attend those programs  under  this  Section.
 2    Every  individualized  educational  program  as  described in
 3    Article 14 shall identify if the  State  test  or  components
 4    thereof  are  appropriate for that student.  For those pupils
 5    for whom  the  State  test  or  components  thereof  are  not
 6    appropriate, the State Board of Education shall develop rules
 7    and  regulations  governing the administration of alternative
 8    assessments prescribed within each  student's  individualized
 9    educational  program  which are appropriate to the disability
10    of each student.  All pupils who  are  in  a  State  approved
11    transitional  bilingual  education  program  or  transitional
12    program   of  instruction  shall  participate  in  the  State
13    assessment.  Any student who has been  enrolled  in  a  State
14    approved  bilingual  education  program  less than 3 academic
15    years shall be exempted if the student's lack of  English  as
16    determined by an English language proficiency test would keep
17    the  student  from understanding the test, and that student's
18    district shall have  an  alternative  assessment  program  in
19    place  for  that  student. The State Board of Education shall
20    appoint a task force of concerned parents,  teachers,  school
21    administrators   and   other   professionals   to  assist  in
22    identifying such alternative assessment programs.  Reasonable
23    accommodations  as prescribed by the State Board of Education
24    shall be provided for individual students in  the  assessment
25    procedure.  All assessment procedures prescribed by the State
26    Board of Education shall require: (i) that each test used for
27    State and local student assessment testing under this Section
28    identify  by  name  the  pupil taking the test; (ii) that the
29    name of the pupil taking the test be placed on  the  test  at
30    the  time the test is taken; (iii) that the results or scores
31    of each test taken under this  Section  by  a  pupil  of  the
32    school  district be reported to that district and identify by
33    name the pupil who received the reported results  or  scores;
34    and  (iv) that the results or scores of each test taken under
                            -4-                LRB9009202THcd
 1    this Section be made available to the parents of  the  pupil.
 2    In  addition, beginning with the 1998-1999 school year and in
 3    each school year thereafter, all scores received by a student
 4    on  the  Illinois  Goals   and   Assessment   Program   tests
 5    administered  in  grades  10  and  11  by  the State Board of
 6    Education  under  this  Section  and,  beginning   with   the
 7    1999-2000 school year and in each school year thereafter, the
 8    scores received by a student on the Prairie State Achievement
 9    Examination administered under subsection (c) of this Section
10    shall become part of the student's permanent record and shall
11    be  entered  therein  pursuant  to regulations that the State
12    Board of Education  shall  promulgate  for  that  purpose  in
13    accordance  with Section 3 and subsection (e) of Section 2 of
14    the Illinois School Student Records Act. Scores  received  by
15    students  on  the Illinois Goals and Assessment Program tests
16    administered in other grades shall be placed  into  students'
17    temporary  records.   Except as provided in subsection (c) of
18    this Section, the State Board of Education shall establish  a
19    common  month  in  each  school  year for which State testing
20    shall occur to meet the objectives of this Section.  However,
21    if the schools of a district are closed and classes  are  not
22    scheduled  during  any  week that is established by the State
23    Board of Education as  the  week  of  the  month  when  State
24    testing  under  this Section shall occur, the school district
25    may administer the required State testing at any time up to 2
26    weeks following the week established by the  State  Board  of
27    Education  for  the  testing,  so long as the school district
28    gives the State Board of  Education  written  notice  of  its
29    intention to deviate from the established schedule by January
30    2  of  the  year  in  which falls the week established by the
31    State Board of Education for the testing.  The  maximum  time
32    allowed for all actual testing required under this subsection
33    during the school year shall not exceed 25 hours as allocated
34    among the required tests by the State Board of Education.
                            -5-                LRB9009202THcd
 1        (a-5)  Any   IGAP  test  administered  pursuant  to  this
 2    Section shall be academically based.
 3        (b)  It shall be the policy of  the  State  to  encourage
 4    school  districts to continuously assess 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    assessment 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  assessment results as prescribed in subsection
14    (a) of this Section demonstrate that  they  are  not  meeting
15    State goals 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  assessing  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  1999-2000  school  year,  each
34    school  district  that  operates  a  high  school program for
                            -6-                LRB9009202THcd
 1    students in grades 9 through 12 shall annually administer the
 2    Prairie State Achievement Examination established under  this
 3    subsection  to  its  12th  grade students as set forth below.
 4    The Prairie State Achievement Examination shall be  developed
 5    by   the   State   Board  of  Education  to  measure  student
 6    performance in the 5 fundamental academic areas  of  reading,
 7    writing,  mathematics,  science,  and  social  sciences.  The
 8    State  Board  of  Education  shall  establish  the   academic
 9    standards  that are to apply in measuring student performance
10    on the Prairie  State  Achievement  Examination  in  those  5
11    fundamental  academic  areas, including the minimum composite
12    examination score and the minimum score in  each  area  that,
13    taken  together,  will  qualify  a  student  to  receive  the
14    Prairie State Achievement Award from the State in recognition
15    of the student's excellent performance. Each school  district
16    that  is  subject  to the requirements of this subsection (c)
17    shall afford a graduating student 2 opportunities to take the
18    Prairie State Achievement Examination during the semester  in
19    which  the  student  will  graduate.    The  State  Board  of
20    Education shall annually notify districts of the weeks during
21    which  these test administrations shall be required to occur.
22    Each student, exclusive of  a  student  whose  individualized
23    educational program developed under Article 14 identifies the
24    Prairie  State  Achievement  Examination as inappropriate for
25    the student, shall be required to take the examination in the
26    final semester before his or her graduation.   Score  reports
27    for  each  fundamental academic area shall indicate the score
28    that qualifies as an excellent score on that portion  of  the
29    examination.    Any   student   who  attains  a  satisfactory
30    composite score but who fails to earn a qualifying  score  in
31    any  one  or  more  of  the fundamental academic areas on the
32    initial test administration for the semester during which the
33    student will graduate from high school shall be permitted  to
34    retake such portion or portions of the examination during the
                            -7-                LRB9009202THcd
 1    second  test  of that semester.  Districts shall inform their
 2    students of the timelines and procedures applicable to  their
 3    optional  participation in such additional administrations of
 4    the Prairie State Achievement Examination. Students receiving
 5    special education services whose  individualized  educational
 6    programs  identify  the Prairie State Achievement Examination
 7    as inappropriate for them nevertheless shall have the  option
 8    of  taking  the  examination,  which shall be administered to
 9    those students in accordance with standards adopted   by  the
10    State  Board  of  Education  to  accommodate  the  respective
11    disabilities  of  those students.  A student who successfully
12    completes  all  other  applicable  high   school   graduation
13    requirements  but  fails  to  receive  a score on the Prairie
14    State Achievement Examination that qualifies the student  for
15    receipt   of   the  Prairie  State  Achievement  Award  shall
16    nevertheless qualify for the receipt of a regular high school
17    diploma.
18    (Source:  P.A.89-610, eff. 8-6-96; 90-566, eff. 1-2-98.)

[ Top ]