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Bill Detail: HB21-1161

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Title Suspend Statewide Assessments For Select Grades
Status Governor Signed (03/16/2021)
Bill Subjects
  • Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
House Sponsors B. McLachlan (D)
E. Sirota (D)
Senate Sponsors D. Coram (R)
R. Zenzinger (D)
House Committee Education
Senate Committee Education
Date Introduced 03/03/2021

The bill suspends the administration of state assessments,
contingent on receiving a waiver of federal law from the federal
department of education, for the following instructional areas and grade
levels for the 2020-21 school year:
  • Science for students enrolled in grades 5, 8, and 11;
  • Math for students enrolled in grades 3, 5, and 7; and

  • English language arts for students enrolled in grades 4, 6,
and 8.
For the 2020-21 school year, the bill suspends administration of
the social studies assessment for students enrolled in elementary and
middle school.
The bill allows the parent of a student enrolled in a grade for
which administration of the English language arts or math assessment is
suspended to request through the local education provider in which the
student is enrolled that the student participate in the English language arts
assessment or the math assessment.
The bill prohibits a school district from using student academic
growth measures or student performance measures when evaluating
licensed personnel for the 2020-21 school year.
The bill requires a school or school district or the state charter
school institute to implement the performance plan type that was assigned
in the preceding school year. The bill also requires the department of
education, in determining the number of school years that a school or
school district or the institute is on performance watch or subject to
2-year review, to exclude the plan types for the 2020-21 and 2021-22
school years and count the plan type for the 2022-23 school year as if it
were consecutive to the 2019-20 school year.
If required to implement a priority improvement or turnaround
plan during the 2020-21 school year on the basis of its plan type for the
2019-20 school year, the bill allows a school or school district or the
institute to request a plan type for the 2021-22 school year that reflects its
level of attainment based on an alternative body of evidence.
For the 2020-21 and 2021-22 school years, the bill suspends the
requirement that the department determine annually the level of
attainment for public schools, school districts, the institute, and institute
charter schools based on performance indicators.

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