as introduced - 85th Legislature (2007 - 2008) Posted on 12/15/2009 12:00am
A bill for an act
relating to education; modifying the reporting of assessment results; amending
Minnesota Statutes 2007 Supplement, section 120B.30, subdivision 1a.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
Minnesota Statutes 2007 Supplement, section 120B.30, subdivision 1a,
is amended to read:
(a) The commissioner must
develop reading, mathematics, and science assessments aligned with state academic
standards that districts and sites must use to monitor student growth toward achieving
those standards. The commissioner must not develop statewide assessments for academic
standards in social studies, health and physical education, and the arts. The commissioner
(1) annual reading and mathematics assessments in grades 3 through 8 and at the
high school level for the 2005-2006 school year and later; and
(2) annual science assessments in one grade in the grades 3 through 5 span, the
grades 6 through 9 span, and a life sciences assessment in the grades 10 through 12 span
for the 2007-2008 school year and later.
(b) The commissioner must ensure that all statewide tests administered to elementary
and secondary students measure students' academic knowledge and skills and not students'
values, attitudes, and beliefs.
(c) Reporting of assessment results must:
(1) provide timely, useful, and understandable information on the performance of
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(2) include, by no later than the 2008-2009 school year, a value-added component
that is in addition to a measure for student achievement growth over time; and
(3)(i) for students enrolled in grade 8 before the 2005-2006 school year, determine
whether students have met the state's basic skills requirements; and
(ii) for students enrolled in grade 8 in the 2005-2006 school year and later, determine
whether students have met the state's academic standards.
(d) Consistent with applicable federal law and subdivision 1, paragraph (d), clause
(1), the commissioner must include appropriate, technically sound accommodations or
alternative assessments for the very few students with disabilities for whom statewide
assessments are inappropriate and for students with limited English proficiency.
(e) A school, school district, and charter school must administer statewide
assessments under this section, as the assessments become available, to evaluate student
progress in achieving the academic standards. If a state assessment is not available, a
school, school district, and charter school must determine locally if a student has met
the required academic standards. A school, school district, or charter school may use a
student's performance on a statewide assessment as one of multiple criteria to determine
grade promotion or retention. A school, school district, or charter school may use a high
school student's performance on a statewide assessment as a percentage of the student's
final grade in a course, or place a student's assessment score on the student's transcript.
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