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File No. 405

    February Session, 2018

Substitute Senate Bill No. 458

Senate, April 10, 2018

The Committee on Education reported through SEN. SLOSSBERG of the 14th Dist. and SEN. BOUCHER of the 26th Dist., Chairpersons of the Committee on the part of the Senate, that the substitute bill ought to pass.

AN ACT CONCERNING VARIOUS REVISIONS AND ADDITIONS TO THE EDUCATION STATUTES.

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

Section 1. Subsection (c) of section 10-10a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2018):

(c) The state-wide public school information system shall:

(1) Track and report data relating to student, teacher and school and district performance growth and make such information available to local and regional boards of education for use in evaluating educational performance and growth of teachers and students enrolled in public schools in the state. Such information shall be collected or calculated based on information received from local and regional boards of education and other relevant sources. Such information shall include, but need not be limited to:

(A) In addition to performance on state-wide mastery examinations pursuant to subsection (b) of this section, data relating to students shall include, but need not be limited to, (i) the primary language spoken at the home of a student, (ii) student transcripts, (iii) student attendance and student mobility, (iv) reliable, valid assessments of a student's readiness to enter public school at the kindergarten level, and (v) data collected, if any, from the preschool experience survey, described in section 10-515;

(B) Data relating to teachers shall include, but need not be limited to, (i) teacher credentials, such as master's degrees, teacher preparation programs completed and certification levels and endorsement areas, (ii) teacher assessments, such as whether a teacher is deemed highly qualified pursuant to the No Child Left Behind Act, P.L. 107-110, or deemed to meet such other designations as may be established by federal law or regulations for the purposes of tracking the equitable distribution of instructional staff, (iii) the presence of substitute teachers in a teacher's classroom, (iv) class size, (v) numbers relating to absenteeism in a teacher's classroom, and (vi) the presence of a teacher's aide. The department shall assign a unique teacher identifier to each teacher prior to collecting such data in the public school information system;

(C) Data relating to schools and districts shall include, but need not be limited to, (i) school population, (ii) annual student graduation rates, including segregated data relating to student enrollment in or graduation from middle college programs, early college high school programs and Connecticut Early College Opportunity programs, as those terms are defined in section 31-11ff, (iii) annual teacher retention rates, (iv) school disciplinary records, such as data relating to suspensions, expulsions and other disciplinary actions, (v) the percentage of students whose primary language is not English, (vi) the number of and professional credentials of support personnel, (vii) information relating to instructional technology, such as access to computers, and (viii) disaggregated measures of school-based arrests pursuant to section 10-233n.

(2) Collect data relating to student enrollment in and graduation from institutions of higher education, including segregated data relating to student enrollment in and graduation from middle college programs, early college high school programs and Connecticut Early College Opportunity programs, as those terms are defined in section 31-11ff, for any student who had been assigned a unique student identifier pursuant to subsection (b) of this section, provided such data is available.

(3) Develop means for access to and data sharing with the data systems of public institutions of higher education in the state.

Sec. 2. (Effective from passage) The Department of Education, in consultation with the Office of Higher Education, shall conduct a study of funding for middle college programs, early college high schools and Connecticut Early College Opportunity programs, as those terms are defined in section 31-11ff of the general statutes. Such study shall include, but need not be limited to, the availability of state and local funding for such programs, the feasibility of establishing public-private partnerships to fund and support such programs, how funding is currently distributed or raised for existing programs, and recommendations for a consistent funding source for such programs. Not later than January 1, 2019, the department shall submit a report on its findings and recommendations 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. 3. Subsection (d) of section 10-221d of the 2018 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2018):

(d) The provisions of this section shall not apply to (1) a student employed by the local or regional school district in which the student attends school, or (2) a person employed by a local or regional board of education as a teacher for a noncredit adult class or adult education activity, as defined in section 10-67, who is not required to hold a teaching certificate pursuant to section 10-145b for his or her position.

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

Section 1

July 1, 2018

10-10a(c)

Sec. 2

from passage

New section

Sec. 3

July 1, 2018

10-221d(d)

ED

Joint Favorable Subst.

 

The following Fiscal Impact Statement and Bill Analysis are prepared for the benefit of the members of the General Assembly, solely for purposes of information, summarization and explanation and do 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.


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 19 $

FY 20 $

Education, Dept.

GF - Cost

60,000

10,000

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

Section 1 of the bill results in additional costs to the State Department of Education (SDE) of $60,000 in FY 19 and $10,000 in FY 20, associated with collecting segregated data about enrollment and graduation from middle college, early college high school, and Connecticut Early College Opportunity programs, and incorporating the data into the statewide public school information system. The costs in FY 19 are associated with: (1) data collection ($10,000), (2) data analysis and integration ($30,000), (3) report modifications ($10,000), and (4) staff overtime costs ($10,000). All of the costs are one-time in nature, except for the data collection costs of $10,000 that will be annual.

Section 2 of the bill requires SDE and the Office of Higher Education to study funding for the various programs mentioned above. There are no costs associated with this requirement, as both agencies have the expertise necessary to do so.

Section 3 of the bill makes procedural changes for noncertified teachers, which does not result in a fiscal impact.

The Out Years

The annualized ongoing fiscal impact identified above would continue into the future subject to the cost of annual data collection.

OLR Bill Analysis

sSB 458

AN ACT CONCERNING VARIOUS REVISIONS AND ADDITIONS TO THE EDUCATION STATUTES.

SUMMARY

This bill requires the State Department of Education (SDE) to collect from public schools and districts and higher education institutions segregated data about student enrollment in, or graduation from, middle college, early college high school, and Connecticut Early College Opportunity programs (see BACKGROUND). This data is tracked by and reported to SDE's statewide public school information system, established by law as a standardized electronic database that tracks and reports data on student, teacher, school, and district performance growth.

Also, the bill requires SDE, in consultation with the Office of Higher Education, to study funding for these programs. SDE must report the study's findings to the Education Committee by January 1, 2019, which must include the (1) availability of state and local funding, (2) feasibility of establishing public-private partnerships for funding and support, (3) existing programs' current funding distribution or fund raising methods, and (4) recommendations for a consistent program funding source.

Lastly, the bill exempts noncertified teachers who are employed by local and regional boards of education to teach noncredit adult classes or adult education activities from the following requirements:

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2018, except the provisions about SDE's funding study ( 2) take effect upon passage.

BACKGROUND

Middle College Program

This program is a collaboration between a school district's high schools and a regional community-technical college or a four-year college or university that allows a student to (1) enroll in a combination of core high school and college-level courses for which college credit may be earned and (2) attribute all earned credits toward a college or university program in which the student enrolls upon middle college graduation (CGS 31-11ff(a)(2) of the 2018 supplement).

Early College High School Program

This type of high school allows students to simultaneously earn, tuition-free, (1) a high school diploma and an associate's degree or (2) up to two years of credit toward a bachelor's degree. Attending students are underrepresented in colleges and universities, including low-income youth, first-generation college students, English language learners, and minority students (CGS 31-11ff(a)(1) of the 2018 supplement).

Connecticut Early College Opportunity Program

This program is a collaboration between a school district's high schools, a local community college, and a company or business entity where a student may earn an industry-recognized, two-year postsecondary degree in addition to a high school diploma (CGS 31-11ff(a)(3) of the 2018 supplement).

COMMITTEE ACTION

Education Committee

Joint Favorable Substitute

Yea

35

Nay

0

(03/23/2018)

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