House File 491 - Introduced HOUSE FILE 491 BY KONFRST A BILL FOR An Act relating to assessments administered by school districts 1 to evaluate and reevaluate students for reading proficiency 2 and including effective date provisions. 3 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA: 4 TLSB 2555YH (4) 88 kh/jh
H.F. 491 Section 1. Section 256.7, subsection 31, paragraph a, Code 1 2019, is amended to read as follows: 2 a. Adopt by rule guidelines for school district 3 implementation of section 279.68 , including but not limited 4 to basic levels of reading proficiency on approved locally 5 determined or statewide assessments and identification of tools 6 that school districts may use in evaluating and reevaluating 7 any student who may not be or who is determined not to be 8 reading proficiently and is persistently at risk in reading, 9 including but not limited to initial assessments and subsequent 10 assessments, alternative assessments, and portfolio reviews. 11 Effective July 1, 2020, assessments used in accordance with 12 this subsection shall include progress-monitoring tools to 13 assist students and monitor and measure phonological awareness, 14 word identification, and spelling skills. The state board 15 shall adopt standards that provide a reasonable expectation 16 that a student’s progress toward reading proficiency under 17 section 279.68 is sufficient to master appropriate grade four 18 level reading skills prior to the student’s promotion to grade 19 four. 20 Sec. 2. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION —— STATEWIDE READING 21 ASSESSMENT BIDDING REQUIREMENT. The department of education 22 shall reissue a bid for delivery of a statewide assessment 23 that meets the requirements of section 256.7, subsection 31, 24 paragraph “a”, which shall be available to be administered in 25 the school year beginning July 1, 2020. 26 Sec. 3. EFFECTIVE DATE. This Act, being deemed of immediate 27 importance, takes effect upon enactment. 28 EXPLANATION 29 The inclusion of this explanation does not constitute agreement with 30 the explanation’s substance by the members of the general assembly. 31 This bill provides that, effective July 1, 2020, locally 32 determined and statewide reading assessments administered 33 to evaluate students for reading proficiency shall include 34 progress-monitoring tools to assist students and monitor and 35 -1- LSB 2555YH (4) 88 kh/jh 1/ 2
H.F. 491 measure phonological awareness, word identification, and 1 spelling skills. The bill directs the department of education 2 to reissue the bid for a statewide reading assessment that 3 includes the tools required effective July 1, 2020. 4 The bill takes effect upon enactment. 5 -2- LSB 2555YH (4) 88 kh/jh 2/ 2