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Re: Student testing fairness act - introduced in house



Monty: Before they go any further with this madness, don't they need to
provide the definition and parameters of "proficiency"? Mike Roberts

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From: Monty Neill [mailto:monty@fairtest.org]
Sent: Friday, September 12, 2003 11:17 AM
To: ARN-L; ARN-state@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [arn-l] Student testing fairness act - introduced in house


To understand this fully you need to have the text of the current law
(NCLB). My own take is this leaves too much in place. The continuous
progress models may open a real can of worms - so called 'value added' which
currently only exists for norm-referenced tests that produce the 99 point
scales. It can be done with other things, but my understanding is not much
technology has yet been developed. So this <may> call on states to use
things for which the technology is uncertain or non-existent - hard to say.

Will need to look at this more closely, comparing with NCLB text, which I
cannot do now.

Monty


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Student Testing Fairness Act of 2003 (Introduced in House)

HR 3049 IH


108th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 3049
To amend part A of title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of
1965 regarding adequate yearly progress and assessments.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

September 9, 2003
Mr. STRICKLAND (for himself, Mr. ALLEN, Mr. ROSS, and Mrs. JONES of Ohio)
introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on
Education and the Workforce



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A BILL
To amend part A of title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of
1965 regarding adequate yearly progress and assessments.


Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United
States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the `Student Testing Fairness Act of 2003'.

SEC. 2. AMENDMENTS REGARDING ADEQUATE YEARLY PROGRESS AND ASSESSMENTS.

(a) CONTINUOUS GROWTH MODELS- Clause (iii) of section 1111(b)(2)(C) of the
Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6311(b)(2)(C)) is
amended by striking `for all students' and inserting `for all students, as
demonstrated by measures of students' progress toward proficiency, including
longitudinal growth'.

(b) AVERAGING PROCEDURE- Subparagraph (J) of section 1111(b)(2) of the
Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6311(b)(2)) is
amended by adding at the end the following:

`(iv) The State may average data by other means that are designed to
increase the stability of school-building results from year to year.'.

(c) ADEQUATE YEARLY PROGRESS BY GROUP AND SUBJECT- Section 1116(b) of the
Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6316(b)) is
amended--

(1) in subparagraph (A) of paragraph (1), by inserting `with respect to
the performance of a particular group of students described in section
1111(b)(2)(C)(v) in the same academic subject,' after `that fails, for 2
consecutive years,';

(2) in paragraph (5), by inserting `with respect to the performance of a
particular group of students described in section 1111(b)(2)(C)(v) in the
same academic subject,' after `that fails to make adequate yearly
progress,';

(3) in subparagraph (C) of paragraph (7), by inserting `with respect to
the performance of a particular group of students described in section
1111(b)(2)(C)(v) in the same academic subject,' after `that fails to make
adequate yearly progress,'; and

(4) in subparagraph (A) of paragraph (8), by inserting `with respect to
the performance of a particular group of students described in section
1111(b)(2)(C)(v) in the same academic subject,' after `continues to fail to
make adequate yearly progress,'.

(d) MULTIPLE MEASURES- Subparagraph (A) of section 1111(b)(2) of the
Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6311(b)(2)) is
amended--

(1) at the end of clause (ii), by striking `and';

(2) at the end of clause (iii), by striking the period and inserting `;
and'; and

(3) at the end, by adding the following:

`(iv) include multiple measures of student academic achievement,
such as the proportion of State report card indicators met, a performance
index score, student drop-out rate, and a measure based on individual
student achievement gains over time, disaggregated by each of the groups of
students described in subparagraph (C)(v).'.

(e) CUT SCORES- Clause (ii) of section 1111(b)(1)(D) of the Elementary and
Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6311(b)(1)(D)) is amended--

(1) in subclause (II), by striking `and' at the end;

(2) in subclause (III), by striking the period at the end and inserting
`; and'; and

(3) by adding at the end the following:

`(IV) take into consideration the continuum of achievement by
children within the advanced, proficient, and basic levels of achievement
described in subclauses (II) and (III) and the yearly progress by children
within such continuum.'.

(f) NO FIRST SCORE REQUIREMENT- Clause (iv) of section 1111(b)(2)(C) of
the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6311(b)(2)(C))
is amended--

(1) by striking `(iv) measures' and inserting `(iv)(I) measures';

(2) by inserting `and' after `in paragraph (3);'; and

(3) by adding at the end the following:

`(II) if a student takes an assessment described in paragraph (3)
for a particular subject or grade level more than once, may use, at the
State's discretion, the student's results from subsequent administrations of
the assessment;'.

(g) LIMITING TRANSFER OPTIONS AND SUPPLEMENTAL SERVICES TO STUDENTS FROM
FAILING GROUPS- Section 1116 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act
of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6316) is amended--

(1) in paragraphs (1)(E)(i), (5)(A), (7)(C)(i), and (8)(A)(i) of
subsection (b), by striking the term `all students enrolled in the school'
each place such term appears and inserting `all students enrolled in the
school, who are members of a group described in section 1111(b)(2)(C)(v)
that fails to make adequate yearly progress as defined in the State's plan
under section 1111(b)(2),';

(2) in clause (vii) of subsection (c)(10)(C), by inserting `, who are
members of a group described in section 1111(b)(2)(C)(v) that fails to make
adequate yearly progress as defined in the State's plan under section
1111(b)(2),' after `Authorizing students'; and

(3) in subparagraph (A) of subsection (e)(12), by inserting `, who is a
member of a group described in section 1111(b)(2)(C)(v) that fails to make
adequate yearly progress as defined in the State's plan under section
1111(b)(2)' after `under section 1113(c)(1)'.

(h) ASSESSMENTS- Clause (ii) of section 1111(b)(3)(C) of the Elementary
and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6311(b)(3)(C)) is amended to
read as follows:

`(ii) be aligned with the State's challenging academic content and
student academic achievement standards, be aligned with curriculum and
instruction to adequately assess the effect of curriculum and instruction on
each such challenging academic content standard, include individual test
items (based on technical criteria) that enable students to achieve the
items if the students received appropriate instruction, and provide coherent
information about student attainment of the State's challenging academic
content and student academic achievement standards;'.

(i) ASSESSING STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES- Clause (ix) of section
1111(b)(3)(C) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20
U.S.C. 6311(b)(3)(C)) is amended--

(1) in subclause (II), by striking `and' at the end;

(2) in subclause (III), by inserting `and' at the end; and

(3) by adding at the end the following:

`(IV) at the discretion of the State, the assessment of students
with disabilities (as defined in section 602(3) of the Individuals with
Disabilities Education Act) whose instructional level in the core academic
subjects is below the grade level in which the student is enrolled, by using
the State assessment determined by the student's individualized education
program team (as described in section 614(d)(1)(B) of the Individuals with
Disabilities Education Act) to most closely correspond to the student's
instructional level;'.

(j) STUDENTS WITH LIMITED ENGLISH PROFICIENCY- Paragraph (2) of section
1111(b) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C.
6311(b)) is amended by adding at the end the following:

`(L) STUDENTS WITH LIMITED ENGLISH PROFICIENCY- Notwithstanding
subparagraph (C)(v), a State may define adequate yearly progress under
subparagraph (C) in a manner that measures the progress of students with
limited English proficiency--

`(i) by continuing to include in a group of students described in
subparagraph (C)(v) students who attain proficiency in English; and

`(ii) by excluding the performance of students with limited English
proficiency who have resided in the United States for less than 3 years, so
as to avoid any distortion in measurement resulting from the new arrivals of
such students. '.

(k) SEPARATE STARTING POINTS- Subparagraph (E) of section 1111(b)(2) (20
U.S.C. 6311(b)(2)) is amended by striking `, using data for the 2001-2002
school year,' and inserting `, for each group of students described in
subparagraph (C)(v),'.

(l) MINIMUM NUMBER OF STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES FOR STATISTICALLY
RELIABLE INFORMATION- The matter following subclause (II) in section
1111(b)(2)(C)(v) is amended by inserting `, and a State may determine that
such number for a group of students with disabilities is greater than for
other groups of students described in this clause' after `information about
any individual student'.




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