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Full Text of SB2998  100th General Assembly




State of Illinois
2017 and 2018


Introduced 2/15/2018, by Sen. Pamela J. Althoff


105 ILCS 5/2-3.64a-5

    Amends the School Code. With regard to State assessments, provides that the State Board of Education shall develop a process for the college and career ready assessment that allows a school board to apply to the State Board to utilize the nationally recognized and locally selected assessment option of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act. Requires that the State Board of Education adopt technical criteria under specified federal law and rule to evaluate the proposed assessment. Effective immediately.

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1    AN ACT concerning education.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 5. The School Code is amended by changing Section
52-3.64a-5 as follows:
6    (105 ILCS 5/2-3.64a-5)
7    Sec. 2-3.64a-5. State goals and assessment.
8    (a) For the assessment and accountability purposes of this
9Section, "students" includes those students enrolled in a
10public or State-operated elementary school, secondary school,
11or cooperative or joint agreement with a governing body or
12board of control, a charter school operating in compliance with
13the Charter Schools Law, a school operated by a regional office
14of education under Section 13A-3 of this Code, or a public
15school administered by a local public agency or the Department
16of Human Services.
17    (b) The State Board of Education shall establish the
18academic standards that are to be applicable to students who
19are subject to State assessments under this Section. The State
20Board of Education shall not establish any such standards in
21final form without first providing opportunities for public
22participation and local input in the development of the final
23academic standards. Those opportunities shall include a



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1well-publicized period of public comment and opportunities to
2file written comments.
3    (c) Beginning no later than the 2014-2015 school year, the
4State Board of Education shall annually assess all students
5enrolled in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and
7    Beginning no later than the 2017-2018 school year, the
8State Board of Education shall annually assess all students in
9science at one grade in grades 3 through 5, at one grade in
10grades 6 through 8, and at one grade in grades 9 through 12.
11    The State Board of Education shall annually assess schools
12that operate a secondary education program, as defined in
13Section 22-22 of this Code, in English language arts and
14mathematics. The State Board of Education shall administer no
15more than 3 assessments, per student, of English language arts
16and mathematics for students in a secondary education program.
17One of these assessments shall include a college and career
18ready determination that shall be accepted by this State's
19public institutions of higher education, as defined in the
20Board of Higher Education Act, for the purpose of student
21application or admissions consideration. The assessment
22administered by the State Board of Education for the purpose of
23student application to or admissions consideration by
24institutions of higher education must be administered on a
25school day during regular student attendance hours.
26    The State Board of Education shall develop a process for



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1the college and career ready assessment that allows a school
2board to apply to the State Board to utilize the nationally
3recognized and locally selected assessment option of the
4federal Every Student Succeeds Act. The State Board of
5Education shall adopt technical criteria as specified under 20
6U.S.C. 6311(b)(2)(H) and 34 CFR 200.3 to evaluate proposed
8    Students who are not assessed for college and career ready
9determinations may not receive a regular high school diploma
10unless the student is exempted from taking State assessments
11under subsection (d) of this Section because (i) the student's
12individualized educational program developed under Article 14
13of this Code identifies the State assessment as inappropriate
14for the student, (ii) the student is enrolled in a program of
15adult and continuing education, as defined in the Adult
16Education Act, (iii) the school district is not required to
17assess the individual student for purposes of accountability
18under federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 requirements,
19(iv) the student has been determined to be an English learner
20and has been enrolled in schools in the United States for less
21than 12 months, or (v) the student is otherwise identified by
22the State Board of Education, through rules, as being exempt
23from the assessment.
24    The State Board of Education shall not assess students
25under this Section in subjects not required by this Section.
26    Districts shall inform their students of the timelines and



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1procedures applicable to their participation in every yearly
2administration of the State assessments. The State Board of
3Education shall establish periods of time in each school year
4during which State assessments shall occur to meet the
5objectives of this Section.
6    (d) Every individualized educational program as described
7in Article 14 shall identify if the State assessment or
8components thereof are appropriate for the student. The State
9Board of Education shall develop rules governing the
10administration of an alternate assessment that may be available
11to students for whom participation in this State's regular
12assessments is not appropriate, even with accommodations as
13allowed under this Section.
14    Students receiving special education services whose
15individualized educational programs identify them as eligible
16for the alternative State assessments nevertheless shall have
17the option of taking this State's regular assessment that
18includes a college and career ready determination, which shall
19be administered in accordance with the eligible accommodations
20appropriate for meeting these students' respective needs.
21    All students determined to be English learners shall
22participate in the State assessments, excepting those students
23who have been enrolled in schools in the United States for less
24than 12 months. Such students may be exempted from
25participation in one annual administration of the English
26language arts assessment. Any student determined to be an



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1English learner shall receive appropriate assessment
2accommodations, including language supports, which shall be
3established by rule. Approved assessment accommodations must
4be provided until the student's English language skills develop
5to the extent that the student is no longer considered to be an
6English learner, as demonstrated through a State-identified
7English language proficiency assessment.
8    (e) The results or scores of each assessment taken under
9this Section shall be made available to the parents of each
11    In each school year, the scores attained by a student on
12the State assessment that includes a college and career ready
13determination must be placed in the student's permanent record
14pursuant to rules that the State Board of Education shall adopt
15for that purpose in accordance with Section 3 of the Illinois
16School Student Records Act. In each school year, the scores
17attained by a student on the State assessments administered in
18grades 3 through 8 must be placed in the student's temporary
20    (f) All schools shall administer an academic assessment of
21English language proficiency in oral language (listening and
22speaking) and reading and writing skills to all children
23determined to be English learners.
24    (g) All schools in this State that are part of the sample
25drawn by the National Center for Education Statistics, in
26collaboration with their school districts and the State Board



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1of Education, shall administer the biennial academic
2assessments under the National Assessment of Educational
3Progress carried out under Section 411(b)(2) of the federal
4National Education Statistics Act of 1994 (20 U.S.C. 9010) if
5the U.S. Secretary of Education pays the costs of administering
6the assessments.
7    (h) Subject to available funds to this State for the
8purpose of student assessment, the State Board of Education
9shall provide additional assessments and assessment resources
10that may be used by school districts for local assessment
11purposes. The State Board of Education shall annually
12distribute a listing of these additional resources.
13    (i) For the purposes of this subsection (i), "academically
14based assessments" means assessments consisting of questions
15and answers that are measurable and quantifiable to measure the
16knowledge, skills, and ability of students in the subject
17matters covered by the assessments. All assessments
18administered pursuant to this Section must be academically
19based assessments. The scoring of academically based
20assessments shall be reliable, valid, and fair and shall meet
21the guidelines for assessment development and use prescribed by
22the American Psychological Association, the National Council
23on Measurement in Education, and the American Educational
24Research Association.
25    The State Board of Education shall review the use of all
26assessment item types in order to ensure that they are valid



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1and reliable indicators of student performance aligned to the
2learning standards being assessed and that the development,
3administration, and scoring of these item types are justifiable
4in terms of cost.
5    (j) The State Superintendent of Education shall appoint a
6committee of no more than 21 members, consisting of parents,
7teachers, school administrators, school board members,
8assessment experts, regional superintendents of schools, and
9citizens, to review the State assessments administered by the
10State Board of Education. The Committee shall select one of its
11members as its chairperson. The Committee shall meet on an
12ongoing basis to review the content and design of the
13assessments (including whether the requirements of subsection
14(i) of this Section have been met), the time and money expended
15at the local and State levels to prepare for and administer the
16assessments, the collective results of the assessments as
17measured against the stated purpose of assessing student
18performance, and other issues involving the assessments
19identified by the Committee. The Committee shall make periodic
20recommendations to the State Superintendent of Education and
21the General Assembly concerning the assessments.
22    (k) The State Board of Education may adopt rules to
23implement this Section.
24(Source: P.A. 99-30, eff. 7-10-15; 99-185, eff. 1-1-16; 99-642,
25eff. 7-28-16; 100-7, eff. 7-1-17; 100-222, eff. 8-18-17;
26revised 9-22-17.)



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1    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
2becoming law.