OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sSB-1095

AN ACT CONCERNING STUDENTS ASSESSMENTS.

As Amended by Senate "A" (LCO 8441)

Senate Calendar No.: 359


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 16 $

FY 17 $

State Comptroller - Fringe Benefits1

GF - Cost

38,457

38,457

Education, Dept.

GF - Cost

2.0 million

2.0 million

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill requires the State Board of Education (SBE) to enter into an agreement with a provider of a nationally recognized college readiness assessment as part of the grade eleven mastery examination requirements. It is anticipated that replacing the current Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) with a nationally recognized college readiness assessment, will result in an additional cost of approximately $2.0 million in both FY 16 and FY 17 to the State Department of Education (SDE). The additional costs are attributed to data and technology updates to manage and store student data and test scores, as well one new position, an Education Associate (approximately $99,500 plus $38,457 in fringe benefits) to administer the new assessment program. In FY 15, the state appropriated approximately $18.9 million for the Development of Mastery Examination account, and it is anticipated the account will lapse approximately $3.0 million in FY 15.

Senate “A” struck the underlying bill and its associated fiscal impact and replaced it with the impact identified above.

The Out Years

The annualized ongoing fiscal impact identified above would continue into the future subject to inflation.

The preceding Fiscal Impact statement is prepared for the benefit of the members of the General Assembly, solely for the purposes of information, summarization and explanation and does not represent the intent of the General Assembly or either chamber thereof for any purpose. In general, fiscal impacts are based upon a variety of informational sources, including the analyst's professional knowledge. Whenever applicable, agency data is consulted as part of the analysis, however final products do not necessarily reflect an assessment from any specific department.

1 The fringe benefit costs for most state employees are budgeted centrally in accounts administered by the Comptroller. The estimated active employee fringe benefit cost associated with most personnel changes is 38.65% of payroll in FY 16 and FY 17.