Relates to computer-based assessment technology apportionment; provides aid for technology purchases beginning in the 2014-2015 school year for school districts and boards of cooperative educational services.
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Excused (4): Adams, Ranzenhofer, Ritchie, Sampson
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to computer-based assessment technology apportionment
To provide reimbursement to school districts and boards of cooperative educational services for costs incurred in providing required computer-based state assessments.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1: Legislative Intent
Section 2: The second section creates a new section 755 of the education law which provides reimbursement to school districts and boards of cooperative educational services (BOCES) for costs associated with technology purchases needed to administer required computer-based state assessments. Section 2 thereafter defines "technology purchases"; provides guidelines and requirements for the sufficiency of the equipment that is needed and shall be aidable; the amount of computers a school district or BOCES is entitled to above any equipment they may already have; and the ways in which the technology purchases shall be fully aidable.
Section 3: The third section directs the commissioner to develop a plan to minimize the overall impact on taxpayer investment in the development and administration of required high-quality computer-based state assessments. The commissioner must submit such plan to the Governor and the Legislature prior to making any commitment to computer-based testing, but no later than December 1, 2013
It is imperative that New York students receive a high quality education. Therefore, the Legislature concurs with the goals of the Board of Regents to develop a rich educational system that provides multiple pathways to graduation, and ensures that all students are college and career ready. However, recent years have highlighted the multitude of requirements placed on school districts for which no state funding is provided. As school districts continue to be faced with unprecedented fiscal constraints, it is paramount that any new educational initiative brings With it the proper financial support. School districts and taxpayers simply cannot afford any new unfunded mandates. This legislation makes all new technology purchases needed for a school district or BOCES to sufficiently administer Board of Regents approved and required computer-based state assessments, fully reimbursable in the form of a computer-based assessment technology apportionment.
As a component of the Regent's Reform Agenda, the Board of Regents has adopted the Common Core State Standards as a tool to guide New York
students on the path to college and career readiness. In addition to the implementation of the Common Core, as a Governing Member of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness in College and Careers (PARCC) the New York State Education Department has been integrally involved in the development of PARCC. PARCC is a consortium of twenty-two states that are working together to develop English and math assessments that will be aligned to the Common Core State Standards. Although not yet fully adopted in New York the timeline suggests that PARCC computer-based assessments should be administered beginning in 2015, however, the Board of Regents has yet to determine if and when New York may fully adopt the PARCC assessments.
If PARCC is adopted by the Board of Regents, it will require, among other things, that New York make better use of technology in the administering of state required examinations. While leveraging technology to inform instruction and assessment are laudable goals, the Legislature is keenly aware that many school districts and BOCES are not adequately prepared to meet the tremendous technological and financial challenges associated with computer-based testing. As a practical matter, many districts and BOCES do not currently have the appropriate technology needed to either administer a high level of state assessments securely or have enough computers and equipment to allow all of its students to take the examinations in a secure and timely fashion. Many more districts and BOCES are under exceedingly difficult fiscal constraints; they simply cannot afford to purchase the number of computers and equipment on the scale required to administer state required computer-based examinations.
Furthermore, because the costs of implementing PARCC assessments are not yet known and have the potential to be prohibitive, the Legislature finds it imperative that the true costs of implementation be defined. This legislation directs the Commissioner of Education to identify such costs and provide a plan to minimize the impact on local school districts and taxpayers prior to making any commitment to implementing computer-based assessments.
To be determined.
This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5252 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE May 15, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. FLANAGAN -- 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 computer-based assess- ment technology apportionment THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Legislative intent. The legislature hereby finds it an essential goal to ensure that all New York students receive a high-qual- ity education. The legislature supports the goals of the board of regents in developing a rich educational system that provides multiple pathways to graduation, so that all students are college and career ready. The legislature also recognizes that ensuring our students are fully prepared to compete in the global marketplace requires a signif- icant investment of time and resources. As such, it is vitally important to invest wisely in the development and administration of high-quality assessments that not only measure the progress of students attaining such standards, but also enhance the overall goal of student learning. However, the financial investments associated with the development and administration of high-quality assessments are not yet fully measured, and have the potential to be significant. Therefore, the legislature determines that the costs associated with the development, implementa- tion, and administration of high-quality assessments shall not be borne by local taxpayers, and shall instead be fully funded with financial support from the state. S 2. The education law is amended by adding a new section 755 to read as follows: S 755. COMPUTER-BASED ASSESSMENT TECHNOLOGY APPORTIONMENT. 1. IN ADDI- TION TO ANY OTHER APPORTIONMENTS UNDER THIS CHAPTER, FOR AID PAYABLE BEGINNING IN THE TWO THOUSAND FOURTEEN--TWO THOUSAND FIFTEEN SCHOOL YEAR, A SCHOOL DISTRICT AND BOARD OF COOPERATIVE EDUCATIONAL SERVICES SHALL BE ELIGIBLE FOR AN APPORTIONMENT UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF THISEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD10685-04-3 S. 5252 2
SECTION FOR ALL TECHNOLOGY PURCHASES NECESSARY TO ADMINISTER COMPUTER-BASED STATE ASSESSMENTS. 2. FOR PURPOSES OF THIS SUBDIVISION, "TECHNOLOGY PURCHASES" SHALL MEAN NEW PURCHASES OF, AND/OR UPGRADES OF EXISTING, COMPUTERS AND ANY COMPU- TER-RELATED EQUIPMENT, INCLUDING HARDWARE AND ANY NECESSARY SOFTWARE, NEEDED TO ADEQUATELY ADMINISTER REQUIRED COMPUTER-BASED STATE ASSESS- MENTS. 3. THE TECHNOLOGY PURCHASES SHALL BE OF A SUFFICIENT QUALITY TO: A. PROPERLY AND SECURELY ADMINISTER EACH REQUIRED COMPUTER-BASED ASSESSMENT PRESCRIBED BY THE DEPARTMENT; AND B. PROPERLY HANDLE THE NUMBER OF STUDENTS IN A PARTICULAR SCHOOL DISTRICT OR BOARD OF COOPERATIVE EDUCATIONAL SERVICES TAKING A COMPU- TER-BASED STATE ASSESSMENT AT A GIVEN TIME, IN THE TIME ALLOTTED BY THE DEPARTMENT. 4. NO SCHOOL DISTRICT SHALL BE REQUIRED TO PURCHASE OR OTHERWISE ACQUIRE INSTRUCTIONAL COMPUTER HARDWARE OR TECHNOLOGY EQUIPMENT, THE COST OF WHICH EXCEEDS THE AMOUNT OF STATE AID PROVIDED PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION. 5. THE APPORTIONMENT PROVIDED FOR IN THIS SECTION SHALL BE PAID AT SUCH TIMES AS MAY BE DETERMINED BY THE COMMISSIONER AND APPROVED BY THE DIRECTOR OF THE BUDGET, DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR IN WHICH THE EXPENDITURES ARE REPORTED TO THE DEPARTMENT PRIOR TO SUCH APPORTIONMENT, BUT NOT EARLIER THAN THE SCHOOL YEAR AFTER THE SCHOOL YEAR IN WHICH EXPENSES ARE INCURRED. S 3. The commissioner of education shall develop a plan to minimize overall taxpayer investment in the development of, and administration of, high-quality computer-based state assessments. Such plan shall iden- tify the costs of implementing computer-based assessments and shall focus on ways to leverage state resources in assessment development and administration to minimize the impact on local school districts and taxpayers. Such plan shall be presented to the governor, the temporary president of the senate, the speaker of the assembly, and the chairs of the senate and assembly education committees prior to making any commit- ment to implementing computer-based testing, but not later than December 1, 2013. S 4. This act shall take effect immediately.