CHAPTER 163c
EDUCATION EVALUATION AND REMEDIAL ASSISTANCE

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Sec. 10-14m. Development and submission of educational evaluation and remedial assistance plan. Contents of plan.
Sec. 10-14n. State-wide mastery examination. Certification of mastery. Limitations on use of test results. Examination in accordance with federal No Child Left Behind Act; funding. Kindergarten assessment tool.
Secs. 10-14o and 10-14p. Compensatory education grant; financial statement of expenditures. Reports by local and regional boards re instructional improvement and student progress; assessment by state board.
Sec. 10-14q. Exceptions.
Sec. 10-14r. Regulations.
Sec. 10-14s. Examination times.

      Sec. 10-14m. Development and submission of educational evaluation and remedial assistance plan. Contents of plan. Section 10-14m is repealed, effective June 28, 1995.

      (P.A. 78-194, S. 1, 9; P.A. 83-454, S. 1, 4; P.A. 84-293, S. 1, 5; P.A. 95-182, S. 10, 11.)

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      Sec. 10-14n. State-wide mastery examination. Certification of mastery. Limitations on use of test results. Examination in accordance with federal No Child Left Behind Act; funding. Kindergarten assessment tool. (a)(1) Each student enrolled in the fourth grade in any public school shall annually take a state-wide mastery examination. For purposes of this section, a state-wide mastery examination is defined as an examination which measures whether or not a student has mastered essential grade-level skills in reading, language arts and mathematics. The mastery examination shall be provided by and administered under the supervision of the State Board of Education.

      (2) Each student enrolled in the sixth grade and each student enrolled in the eighth grade in any public school shall annually take a state-wide mastery examination. Such mastery examination shall be provided by and administered under the supervision of the State Board of Education.

      (3) Annually each student enrolled in the tenth grade in any public school or any endowed or incorporated high school or academy approved by the State Board of Education pursuant to section 10-34 shall take a state-wide mastery examination. Such mastery examination shall be provided by and administered under the supervision of the State Board of Education.

      (b) Beginning in the 2005-2006 school year, the state-wide mastery examinations pursuant to subsection (a) of this section shall be administered in March or April.

      (c) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsections (a) and (b) of this section, the state-wide mastery examinations pursuant to this section shall be administered as follows:

      (1) Beginning in the 2005-2006 school year, each student enrolled in grades three to eight, inclusive, and ten in any public school shall, annually, in March or April, take a state-wide mastery examination that measures the essential and grade-appropriate skills in reading, writing and mathematics; and

      (2) Beginning in the 2007-2008 school year, each student enrolled in grades five, eight and ten in any public school shall, annually, in March or April, take a state-wide mastery examination in science.

      (d) Mastery examinations pursuant to subsection (c) of this section shall be provided by and administered under the supervision of the State Board of Education.

      (e) Student scores on each component of the state-wide tenth grade mastery examination may be included on the permanent record and transcript of each student who takes such examination provided, for a student who meets or exceeds the state-wide mastery goal level on any component of the state-wide tenth grade mastery examination, certification of having met or exceeded such goal level shall be made on the permanent record and the transcript of each such student and such student shall be issued a certificate of mastery for such component. Each student who fails to meet the mastery goal level on each component of said mastery examination may annually take or retake each such component at its regular administration until such student scores at or above each such state-wide mastery goal level or such student graduates or reaches age twenty-one.

      (f) No such public school or endowed or incorporated high school or academy may require achievement of a satisfactory score on the state-wide mastery examination, or any subsequent retest on a component of such examination as the sole criterion of promotion or graduation.

      (g) On and after July 1, 2003, mastery testing pursuant to this section shall be in conformance with the testing requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act, P.L. 107-110. The joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to education shall, on or before February 1, 2004, evaluate the estimated additional cost to the state and its local and regional boards of education for compliance with the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act, P.L. 107-110, net of appropriated federal funds for such purpose, and the comparable amount of estimated federal funds to be received by the state and its local and regional boards of education pursuant to the No Child Left Behind Act, P.L. 107-110 and report its findings and recommendations, if any, pursuant to the provisions of section 11-4a.

      (h) Within available appropriations, the Commissioner of Education shall, not later than October 1, 2007, develop and implement a state-wide developmentally appropriate kindergarten assessment tool that measures a child's level of preparedness for kindergarten, but shall not be used as a measurement tool for program accountability pursuant to section 10-16s.

      (P.A. 78-194, S. 2, 9; P.A. 82-387, S. 1, 2; P.A. 83-454, S. 2-4; P.A. 84-293, S. 2, 5; P.A. 88-136, S. 23, 37; P.A. 90-324, S. 1, 13; P.A. 92-58; 92-262, S. 3, 42; P.A. 93-353, S. 38, 52; P.A. 94-245, S. 33, 46; P.A. 97-247, S. 5, 27; P.A. 03-168, S. 1; 03-174, S. 1; P.A. 05-245, S. 9, 51; P.A. 06-135, S. 4; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 07-3, S. 18.)

      History: P.A. 82-387 added Subsecs. (b) and (c) requiring retesting of students who tested below the state-wide level of expected performance on any component of the ninth grade proficiency exam and prohibiting use of the exam or any retest for purposes of determining promotion or graduation; P.A. 83-454 amended Subsec. (a), moving ninth grade exam to eighth grade, effective July 1, 1984, and providing for transition year test in the ninth grade and amended Subsecs. (b) and (c), making technical revisions; P.A. 84-293 amended Subsec. (a) substituting "ninth" grade test for "eighth" grade test up to and including the 1986-1987 school year, inserted new Subsec. (b) re fourth grade state-wide mastery exam, and new Subsec. (c) re sixth and eighth grade state-wide mastery exam, relettering former Subsec. (b) as Subsec. (d) and adding provision re retesting using the eighth grade test, inserted new Subsec. (e) also re retesting on the eighth grade test and relettered former Subsec. (c) as Subsec. (f), adding provision to include mastery exam and changing limitation on use of test from "a condition of promotion or graduation" to prohibition of use as "the sole criterion" of promotion or graduation; P.A. 88-136 deleted obsolete provisions including Subsecs. (a) and (d) re proficiency examination and relettered remaining Subsecs; P.A. 90-324 in Subsec. (c) limited the taking and retaking of the eighth grade mastery examination to prior to September 1, 1993, inserted new Subsecs. (d) and (e) re tenth grade mastery examination and relettered former Subsec. (d) as Subsec. (f); P.A. 92-58 inserted new Subsec. (f) concerning educational mastery and relettered the existing Subsec. (f) as Subsec. (g); P.A. 92-262 amended Subsec. (c) to add the requirement for certain ninth grade students to take or retake the eighth grade mastery examination; P.A. 93-353 amended Subsec. (e) to change the requirement for taking or retaking the examination to failure to pass each component required pursuant to Subsec. (a) rather than failure to pass each component, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 94-245 deleted former Subsecs. (c) and (e) providing for the retaking of the examination by students who failed to meet a state-wide standard for remedial assistance and relettered the remaining Subsecs. and changed the date for implementation of mastery certification, effective June 2, 1994; P.A. 97-247 made technical changes and in Subsec. (c) added the reference to approval by the State Board of Education pursuant to Sec. 10-34 to describe endowed or incorporated high school or academy, effective July 1, 1997; P.A. 03-168 redesignated existing Subsecs. (a) to (c) as Subsec. (a)(1), (2) and (3), added new Subsec. (b) re testing in April, added new Subsec. (c) re grades tested beginning in the 2005-2006 and 2007-2008 school years, added new Subsec. (d) re examination provided by and administered under supervision of the State Board of Education, redesignated existing Subsecs. (d) and (e) as Subsecs. (e) and (f), and added Subsec. (g) re federal requirements and funding, effective July 1, 2003; P.A. 03-174 amended formerly designated Subsec. (d) by allowing recordation of mastery scores if a student meets or exceeds goal level on any component rather than on each component and by requiring the issuance of a certificate of mastery, effective July 1, 2003; P.A. 05-245 amended Subsecs. (b) and (c) by permitting testing in March, effective June 30, 2005, and added Subsec. (h) re kindergarten assessment tool, effective July 1, 2005; P.A. 06-135 amended Subsec. (g) to remove prohibition against the spending of state and local funds in conformance with the No Child Left Behind Act, effective July 1, 2006; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 07-3 amended Subsec. (h) to advance development date to October 1, 2007, and to provide that tool not be used as a measurement for program accountability, effective July 1, 2007.

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      Secs. 10-14o and 10-14p. Compensatory education grant; financial statement of expenditures. Reports by local and regional boards re instructional improvement and student progress; assessment by state board. Sections 10-14o and 10-14p are repealed.

      (P.A. 78-194, S. 3, 4, 9; P.A. 82-471, S. 1-3, 6; P.A. 83-363, S. 3, 5; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 83-4, S. 4, 8; P.A. 84-117, S. 1, 2; 84-255, S. 1, 2, 21; 84-293, S. 3-5; P.A. 85-182, S. 1, 2; P.A. 86-333, S. 3, 32; P.A. 88-136, S. 2, 37; 88-358, S. 7, 9; P.A. 91-401, S. 12, 20; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 91-7, S. 1, 22; P.A. 92-170, S. 25, 26; 92-262, S. 41, 42.)

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      Sec. 10-14q. Exceptions. The provisions of this chapter shall apply to all students requiring special education pursuant to section 10-76a, except in the rare case when the planning and placement team for an individual student determines that an alternate assessment as specified by the State Board of Education is appropriate. The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to (1) any limited English proficient student, as defined in Title VII of the Improving America's Schools Act of 1994, P.L. 103-382, enrolled in school for ten school months or less, or (2) any limited English proficient student enrolled in school for more than ten school months and less than twenty school months who scores below the level established by the State Board of Education on the linguistic portion of the designated English mastery standard assessment administered in the month prior to the administration of the state-wide mastery examination.

      (P.A. 78-194, S. 5, 9; P.A. 79-128, S. 15, 36; P.A. 81-141; P.A. 83-369, S. 1, 2; P.A. 84-255, S. 3, 21; P.A. 88-360, S. 6, 63; P.A. 92-262, S. 38, 42; P.A. 93-353, S. 4, 52; P.A. 99-211, S. 7, 10; P.A. 01-205, S. 1, 3; May 9 Sp. Sess. P.A. 02-7, S. 5.)

      History: P.A. 79-128 provided exception to provisions of chapter for students requiring special education pursuant to Sec. 10-76a unless otherwise determined by planning and placement team and provided exception to provisions of Sec. 10-14o for students enrolled in special education or bilingual programs under Sec. 10-76g, previously entire chapter was inapplicable to students in special education or bilingual programs; P.A. 81-141 provided that children requiring special education shall take proficiency exams administered by their school districts except in those instances when the child's planning and placement team determines that it would be inappropriate for the child to take the examinations, where previously such children had been altogether exempt from proficiency exam requirement; P.A. 83-369 added provisions exempting from proficiency testing students enrolled for two years or less in a bilingual education program or enrolled for two years or less in an English as a second language program; P.A. 84-255 amended section to clarify that the provisions of Sec. 10-14o relating to the compensatory education grant are applicable to students required to take the state-wide proficiency examination who are enrolled in a special education program and to students enrolled in programs of bilingual education which are eligible for state funding, where previously they were inapplicable to such students; P.A. 88-360 substituted "mastery" for "proficiency" examination; P.A. 92-262 removed provision specifying applicability of repealed Sec. 10-14o to special education and bilingual program students; P.A. 93-353 amended section to extend the exceptions from two to three years, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 99-211 changed three years to 30 school months in two places, effective July 1, 1999; P.A. 01-205 changed "any student" to "all students", added language specifying that the exception for a special education student is "in the rare case", substituted provision for the planning and placement team to specify an alternate assessment for former provision exempting the student from the examination and changed the time frame for the exception for bilingual education students and English as a second language students from 30 to 10 school months, effective July 1, 2001; May 9 Sp. Sess. P.A. 02-7 added Subdiv. (1) designator, replaced language re bilingual program with language re limited English proficient students and added new Subdiv. (2) re limited English proficient students scoring below minimum level on linguistic portion of mastery exam, effective July 1, 2003.

      Cited. 187 C. 187. Cited. 195 C. 24.

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      Sec. 10-14r. Regulations. The State Board of Education shall promulgate such regulations in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54 as are necessary to carry out the purposes of this chapter.

      (P.A. 78-194, S. 6, 9.)

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      Sec. 10-14s. Examination times. Section 10-14s is repealed, effective July 1, 2006.

      (P.A. 03-174, S. 5; P.A. 06-8, S. 1.)

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