Bill Summaries

Who filed report: Wendy Hart

Bill Number: HB164

Bill Title: Educational Testing Amendments

Bill Grade: F

Bill Sponsors: Rep. Kraig Powell, Sen. Ann Millner

Bill Summary:

Allows end-of-year tests to be used for student grades and student grade advancement. Allows the State Board to determine incentives for students who take the end-of-year tests. No longer includes formative and interim SAGE, as well as state-purchased software packages in the 'safe harbor' where parents can opt out without negative consequences to the student, teacher, or school. Data privacy issues with SAGE, for example, will still be a problem for interim and formative versions.

Does the bill increase/decrease local control?: Neither

How?:

Does it increase/decrease parental rights?: Decreases Parental Rights

How?: Fewer options for opting out, data privacy, and adds incentives for students, possibly against parental wishes.

Does it help/hurt children?: Hurts Children

How?: Some children can be harmed by the testing (e.g. some special ed students) and parents no longer have the ability to opt out students without penalizing them or their teachers and schools, for interim and formative testing.

Any conflicts of interest?:

Other comments:

Parents still retain their unalienable rights, but this bill limits when negative consequences for those actions are removed, e.g. interim and formative testing. Florida attempted to validate the SAGE test and the validation process (which is questionable) stated that the test results should NEVER be used as a indicator of individual student performance, e.g. grade promotion, high school graduation, or as part of a grade for the student.

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