Bill Text: HI HB2117 | 2018 | Regular Session | Amended


Bill Title: Relating To Standardized Testing.

Spectrum: Moderate Partisan Bill (Democrat 11-2)

Status: (Engrossed) 2018-04-16 - Received notice of appointment of House conferees (Hse. Com. No. 609). [HB2117 Detail]

Download: Hawaii-2018-HB2117-Amended.html

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

H.B. NO.

2117

TWENTY-NINTH LEGISLATURE, 2018

H.D. 1

STATE OF HAWAII

S.D. 1

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

 

RELATING TO STANDARDIZED TESTING.

 

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

 


     SECTION 1.  The legislature finds that the federal Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 permits states to institute caps limiting the amount of time that students spend taking standardized tests.

     The purpose of this Act is to promote real-world learning experiences for Hawaii's children by limiting the number of standardized tests students take each school year, with the intention of limiting the amount of time students spend participating in standardized testing.

     SECTION 2.  Chapter 302A, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new section to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:

     "§302A-     Standardized tests limitations; exemptions.  (a)  No more than four different standardized tests shall be administered to any student, other than a student with disabilities or an English language learner, per school year.

     (b)  Upon application to the board, a school may be granted waivers from the standardized testing limitations in this section.

     (c)  Each complex area superintendent shall submit an annual report to the board that includes the number of standardized tests required and the amount of instructional time devoted to preparing for and taking standardized tests at each school within the complex area.

     (d)  The department shall notify students and the students' parents or guardians about the right to opt out of participating in statewide standardized tests.

     (e)  For the purpose of this section, "standardized test" means any federal, state, or locally mandated assessment that is administered and scored in a consistent manner and intended to measure a student's academic readiness, achievement level, learning progress, or skill acquisition, including any diagnostic, interim, or practice test used to prepare such an assessment, but excluding those tests that are required under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, as amended, as described in the Hawaii consolidated state plan."

     SECTION 3.  (a)  No later than September 1, 2018, the board of education shall begin a one-year statewide survey of school administrators and teachers to determine:

     (1)  The amount of time spent on preparation for standardized testing; and

     (2)  The effect of the preparation time on the quality of instruction.

     (b)  The survey shall include questions related to:

     (1)  The relationship between the amount of time spent on standardized test preparation and the amount of time that is available for implementation of the approved curriculum;

     (2)  The amount of time teachers devote to alignment of curriculum with standardized tests;

     (3)  The percentage of standardized test items that are above grade level;

     (4)  The overall impact of standardized testing on the classroom environment; and

     (5)  Other questions that are relevant to the impact of standardized testing on the quality of public education in the state.

     SECTION 4.  New statutory material is underscored.

     SECTION 5.  This Act shall take effect on July 1, 2050.


 


 

Report Title:

Standardized Testing; Board of Education; Department of Education

 

Description:

Limits the number of standardized tests students take in a school year.  Requires the Board of Education to conduct a statewide survey of school administrators and teachers to determine the time spent on preparing for standardized tests and the impact of preparation time on the quality of instruction.  Effective 7/1/2050.  (SD1)

 

 

 

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