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General Assembly

 

Raised Bill No. 1095

January Session, 2015

 

LCO No. 5215

 

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Referred to Committee on EDUCATION

 

Introduced by:

 

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AN ACT CONCERNING STUDENTS ASSESSMENTS.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. (Effective from passage) The Department of Education shall conduct a study of the administration of the state-wide mastery examination, pursuant to section 10-14n of the general statutes. The department shall study (1) the effect and impact of the state-wide mastery examination on student learning time, (2) the extent to which the state-wide mastery examination is aligned with curriculum standards adopted by the State Board of Education, (3) the requirements of federal law regarding state-wide testing, and (4) the effect and impact of the administration of the state-wide mastery examination on students in grade eleven. Not later than January 1, 2016, the department shall submit such study to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to education, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes.

Sec. 2. Section 10-14n of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2015):

(a) As used in this section, "mastery examination" means (1) for students enrolled in grades three to eight, inclusive, an examination or examinations, approved by the State Board of Education, that measure essential and grade-appropriate skills in reading, writing, mathematics or science, and (2) for students enrolled in grade eleven, an examination or examinations, approved by the State Board of Education, that measure essential and grade-appropriate skills in reading, writing, mathematics or science, or an existing nationally-recognized examination approved by the State Board of Education.

(b) (1) For the school year commencing July 1, [2013] 2015, and each school year thereafter, each student enrolled in grades three to eight, inclusive, and grade [ten or] eleven in any public school shall, annually, take a mastery examination in reading, writing and mathematics.

(2) For the school year commencing July 1, 2013, and each school year thereafter, each student enrolled in grade five, eight [, ten] or eleven in any public school shall, annually, in March or April, take a state-wide mastery examination in science.

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

(d) The scores on each component of the mastery examination for each [tenth or] eleventh grade student may be included on the permanent record and transcript of each such student who takes such examination. For each [tenth or] eleventh grade student who meets or exceeds the state-wide mastery goal level on any component of the mastery examination, a 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 [tenth or] eleventh grade 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.

(e) No public school may require achievement of a satisfactory score on a mastery examination, or any subsequent retest on a component of such examination as the sole criterion of promotion or graduation.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

from passage

New section

Sec. 2

July 1, 2015

10-14n

Statement of Purpose:

To require the Department of Education to conduct a study of the state-wide mastery examination and its relation to student learning.

[Proposed deletions are enclosed in brackets. Proposed additions are indicated by underline, except that when the entire text of a bill or resolution or a section of a bill or resolution is new, it is not underlined.]