Relates to standardized testing for grades kindergarten through grade two; prohibits the use of assessments for anything other than diagnostic purposes.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to standardized testing for kindergarten, grade one or grade two
PURPOSE: This bill prohibits school districts from using state developed or comparable assessments for any purpose other than diagnosis.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 amends section 305 of the education law to require the commissioner to prohibit the administration of state developed or other assessments to students in kindergarten, grade one or made two for any purpose other than diagnosis.
Section 2 makes this act effective on July 1, 2013.
JUSTIFICATION: Although the State does not require it, many school districts are beginning to administer commercially developed standardized tests to students in the early grades. These tests are not being used for diagnostic purposes or to identify academic needs. Assessing students in the early years should be used to help students develop the skills they will need in the future. These high stakes tests do not meet this objective.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall be effective on July 1, 2013.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 4764 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE April 23, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. GIPSON -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Education AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to standardized testing for kindergarten, grade one or grade two THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 305 of the education law is amended by adding a new subdivision 43 to read as follows: 43. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF LAW OR REGULATION TO THE CONTRARY, THE COMMISSIONER SHALL PROHIBIT THE ADMINISTRATION OF STATE DEVELOPED ASSESSMENT OR OTHER COMPARABLE ASSESSMENTS TO STUDENTS ENROLLED IN KINDERGARTEN, GRADE ONE OR GRADE TWO THAT ARE BEING USED FOR ANYTHING OTHER THAN DIAGNOSTIC PURPOSES. PROVIDED FURTHER, SCHOOL DISTRICTS SHALL USE DISTRICT, REGIONAL, OR BOCES DEVELOPED ASSESSMENTS TO COMPLY WITH PARAGRAPH F OF SUBDIVISION TWO OF SECTION THREE THOUSAND TWELVE-C OF THIS CHAPTER FOR STUDENTS ENROLLED IN KINDERGARTEN, GRADE ONE OR GRADE TWO. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL PROMULGATE REGULATIONS TO IMPLEMENT THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SUBDIVISION. S 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2013.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD10239-01-3