House File 2141 - Introduced HOUSE FILE 2141 BY GASSMAN , SALMON , ALONS , SHEETS , HEARTSILL , SHAW , MAXWELL , FISHER , LANDON , WATTS , SCHULTZ , and ROGERS A BILL FOR An Act relating to student academic assessments to be 1 administered by school districts and to membership in a 2 multistate assessment consortium. 3 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA: 4 TLSB 5187YH (9) 85 kh/rj
H.F. 2141 Section 1. Section 256.7, subsection 21, paragraph b, 1 subparagraph (2), Code 2014, is amended by striking the 2 subparagraph. 3 Sec. 2. ACTION TO WITHDRAW FROM MULTISTATE ASSESSMENT 4 CONSORTIUM. The director of the department of education shall 5 take action as expeditiously as possible to submit to the 6 smarter balanced assessment consortium, a multistate assessment 7 consortium, a request in writing on behalf of the state of Iowa 8 to exit the consortium. The reason the director shall cite 9 as the basis for exiting the consortium shall be the general 10 assembly’s opposition to the common core state standards 11 initiative and any assessment system aligned to the common core 12 state standards. 13 EXPLANATION 14 The inclusion of this explanation does not constitute agreement with 15 the explanation’s substance by the members of the general assembly. 16 This bill strikes a Code provision relating to student 17 assessments that must be administered by school districts 18 beginning July 1, 2016, and directs the director of the 19 department of education to submit a request on behalf of the 20 state to exit a multistate assessment consortium. 21 The Code provision directs the state board of education to 22 adopt rules to provide that, for the school year beginning July 23 1, 2016, and each succeeding school year, students enrolled in 24 school districts be administered an assessment during the last 25 quarter of the school year that, at a minimum, assesses core 26 academic indicators in mathematics and reading in grades 4, 8, 27 and 11, and core academic indicators in science in grades 8 and 28 11. Currently, the assessment to be administered beginning in 29 2016 must be aligned with the Iowa common core standards in 30 both content and rigor; accurately describe student achievement 31 and growth for purposes of the school, the school district, 32 and state accountability systems; and provide valid, reliable, 33 and fair measures of student progress toward college or career 34 readiness. 35 -1- LSB 5187YH (9) 85 kh/rj 1/ 2
H.F. 2141 The Code language stricken by the bill directs that the 1 assessments assess the core indicators, which would include 2 both academic indicators and graduation rate, postsecondary 3 education, and successful employment indicators, but only 4 student assessment of the core academic indicators may have 5 been contemplated. 6 The director shall take action as expeditiously as possible 7 to exit the smarter balanced assessment consortium. The 8 reason cited for exiting the consortium shall be the general 9 assembly’s opposition to the common core state standards 10 initiative and any assessment system aligned to the common core 11 state standards. 12 -2- LSB 5187YH (9) 85 kh/rj 2/ 2