”20-HB1826/SB1946 – Haston/Hensley

Bill Description

This bill requires the commissioner of education to produce and make available to LEAs during the school year formative assessment question banks that align with summative assessments used by the department of education to measure student academic progress. This bill specifies that LEAs have complete authority over the use of the formative assessment question banks.

ON FEBRUARY 24, 2020, THE SENATE ADOPTED AMENDMENT #1 AND PASSED SENATE BILL 1946, AS AMENDED.

AMENDMENT #1 requires the department of the education, rather than the commissioner, to make the formative assessment question banks available to LEAs during the school year; removes the provision extending complete authority over the use of the formative assessment question banks to LEAs; requires the commissioner to begin developing the question banks by July 1, 2020; and changes this bill's effective date from July 1, 2020, to upon becoming a law.

TLRC Position

We strongly approve. This is long overdue. Our position has been consistent: the denial to teachers, students, and parents of the results of tests and their content, is counter-productive to remediation. How can students correct what they don't know they got wrong? How can teachers focus on weak areas if they are not given. access to results? We only hope this is applied as conceived and accomplishes improved results.

TLRC Observed Process

Happily we can report that this was approved unanimously in both chambers.

Vote Result: Passed

Score: +5

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