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LD 1540 - Amends Public School Assessment System - Key Vote

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Legislation - Referred to Committee (Senate) -
Legislation - Bill Passed With Amendment (House) (80-55) - (Key vote)

Title: Amends Public School Assessment System

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Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that amends the public school assessment system.

Highlights:
  • Requires the Commissioner of the Department of Education to implement a school assessment system to measure school performance and "student proficiency" beginning with the 2014-2015 school year (Sec. 1). 
  • Specifies that the measures of school performance and student proficiency shall include certain assessments, including, but not limited to, the following assessments (Sec. 1):
    • Summative assessments based on grade level expectations;
    • Formative assessments that measure student growth over time; and
    • The use of information of the state assessment program on student achievement. 
  • Requires the Commissioner to convene a task force to develop a system to evaluate public school performance by no later than November 1, 2013 (Sec. 4). 
  • Specifies that the task force shall include representatives from certain entities and stakeholder groups, including, but not limited to, the following entities (Sec. 4):
    • Department of Education;
    • State Board of Education;
    • Teachers;
    • School Boards;
    • Superintendents;
    • Principals;
    • Parents;
    • Maine Education Policy Research Institute; and
    • Students. 
  • Requires the school assessment system to include certain elements, including, but not limited to, the following elements (Sec. 4):
    • "Accurate measures" of student progress over at least 3 years;
    • A peer group comparison that takes into account, but is not limited to, special education services and the number of students eligible for free or reduced-price meals; and
    • Interviews about the overall school environment with parents of students, members of governing boards of school administrative units, teachers, and other education officials. 
  • Prohibits the school assessment system from using a “bell curve” (Sec. 4).
Legislation - "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted (Senate) (21-14) - (Key vote)

Title: Amends Public School Assessment System

Vote Result
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Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote on a motion to adopt an "ought to pass" report for a bill that amends the public school assessment system.

Highlights:
  • Requires the Department of Education or another state agency that uses a system to evaluate public schools to provide an opportunity for the public and "interested parties" to provide input regarding the development of the school assessment system and convene a task force for the development and implementation of the system (Sec. 1).
  • Specifies that the task force shall include, but is not limited to, representatives of the following stakeholder groups (Sec. 1):
    • Teachers;
    • School boards;
    • Superintendents;
    • Parents; and
    • Students. 
  • Requires the assessment system to consider the following information in its evaluations (Sec. 1):
    • “Accurate measures” of student progress over at least 5 years;
    • Rates of postsecondary school attendance and enlistment in the United States Armed Forces over at least 5 years;
    • A peer group comparison that takes into account, but is not limited to, special education services and the number of students for free or reduced-price meals;
    • School attendance rates;
    • Graduation rates; and
    • Interviews about the overall school environment with parents of students, teachers, and other education official.
  • Prohibits the system from using a “bell curve” when rating schools (Sec. 1).
  • Prohibits a school from being penalized because of the failure of students to take certain standardized tests (Sec. 1).
Legislation - Introduced (Senate) -

Title: Amends Public School Assessment System

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