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2006 Senate Bill 130: Include ACT in the CATS testing system

Public Act 227 of 2006

Introduced by Sen. Dan Kelly (R) on January 30, 2006 To require that, beginning in 2008-2009, the assessment program under the Commonwealth Accountability Testing System (CATS) for high schools include the ACT examination in English, reading, mathematics, and science to be administered in grade 11, the WorkKeys assessments in reading for information, business writing, and applied mathematics, and any other component necessary to comply with the federal No Child Left Behind Act. The bill would establish that the Act examination and additional items in high school be used in lieu of a customized or commercially available norm-referenced test. The bill would establish the kinds of accommodations to be provided for students with disabilities taking the ACT. The bill would establish that the new portions of the high school assessment program shall be known as the "Kentucky Work and College Readiness Examination" or "Readiness Examination.” The bill would require the cost of the first administration of the Readiness Examination to be paid for by the Kentucky Department of Education. The bill also would require that student results on the Readiness Examination shall be recorded on a student's high school transcript.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Education Committee on February 1, 2006
Substitute offered in the Senate on February 8, 2006 To establish that changes to the assessment program in middle and high school shall be implemented no later than the 2008-2009 school year. The substitute would require the assessment program to include a high school readiness examination in the 8th grade and a college readiness examination in the 10th grade.
The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on February 15, 2006
Amendment offered by Sen. Kenneth Winters (R) on February 9, 2006 To establish that changes to the assessment program in middle and high school shall be implemented no later than the 2008-2009 school year. The substitute would require the assessment program to include a high school readiness examination in the 8th grade and a college readiness examination in the 10th grade. The substitute would require all students in the 11th grade to take the ACT. The bill would state that the ACT be paid for by students who elect to have ACT scores forwarded to colleges. The substitute would also create testing at the 8th and 10th grade levels to test preparedness.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on February 15, 2006
Amendment offered by Sen. Tim Shaughnessy (D) on February 9, 2006 To require the ACT and WorkKeys Assessments be taken by all students in the 11th grade and require the scores of the assessments to be added to the students' transcripts. The amendment would require the Kentucky Department of Education to pay for the assessments.
Amendment offered by Sen. Tim Shaughnessy (D) on February 9, 2006 To require an individual student report to parents for each fifth grade student summarizing the student's readiness in reading and mathematics for middle school based on the student's fourth grade state assessment results. The amendment would require a plan for accelerated learning for any student with identified deficiencies.
Withdrawn in the Senate on February 15, 2006
Amendment offered by Sen. Tim Shaughnessy (D) on February 10, 2006 To require an individual student report to parents for each fifth-grade student summarizing the student's readiness in reading and mathematics based on the student's fourth-grade state assessment results. The amendment would require the school's fifth-grade staff to develop a plan for accelerated learning for any student with identified deficiencies.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on February 15, 2006
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on February 15, 2006.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
To require that, beginning in 2008-2009, the assessment program under the Commonwealth Accountability Testing System (CATS) for high schools include the ACT examination in English, reading, mathematics, and science to be administered in grade 11, the WorkKeys assessments in reading for information, business writing, and applied mathematics, and any other component necessary to comply with the federal No Child Left Behind Act. The amended bill would require an individual student report to parents for each fifth-grade student summarizing the student's readiness in reading and mathematics based on the student's fourth-grade state assessment results. The amendment would require the school's fifth-grade staff to develop a plan for accelerated learning for any student with identified deficiencies.
Received in the House on February 16, 2006
Referred to the House Education Committee on February 23, 2006
Referred to the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee on March 2, 2006
Substitute offered in the House on March 14, 2006 To require all 11th grade students to take the ACT test at the expense of the Kentucky Department of Education. The substitute would require students who score high on readiness tests to be counseled to enroll in accelerated or advanced placement courses. The substitute would allow students in grades 10, 11, or 12 to take the WorkKeys assessments with the initial cost to be paid by the Kentucky Department of Education. The substitute would require the issuance of Kentucky employability certificates to students meeting the WorkKeys threshold established by the Cabinet for Workforce Development. The substitute would require the Kentucky Department of Education to seek input from the Office of Education Accountability, the School Curriculum, Assessment, and Accountability Council, and the National Technical Advisory Panel on Assessment and Accountability regarding reducing the number of questions on the Commonwealth Accountability Testing System if it is determined that open-response or multiple-choice items in the assessment program provide direct measures of the standards of the core content for assessment. The substitute would delete specific components of accelerated learning that are to be developed by the school district.
The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on April 11, 2006
Amendment offered by Rep. Harry Moberly, Jr. (D) on March 14, 2006 To change dates for new assessment requirements from "2008-2009" to "2007-2008".
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on April 11, 2006
Amendment offered by Rep. Harry Moberly, Jr. (D) on March 15, 2006 To require the Kentucky Department of Education to select the high school readiness exam to be given to students in grade 8, to select either the PLAN or PSAT college readiness exam to be given to students in grade 10, and to select the ACT or the SAT college admissions and placement test to be given to students in grade 11.
Referred to the House Education Committee on March 20, 2006
Amendment offered by Rep. Frank Rasche (D) on March 21, 2006 To make technical corrections.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on April 11, 2006
Amendment offered by Rep. Mary Lou Marzian (D) on March 21, 2006 To require school districts to have plans, policies, and procedures dealing with measures for assisting students who are engaging in disruptive and disorderly behavior, including harassment, intimidation, or bullying of another student.
Withdrawn in the House on April 11, 2006
Amendment offered by Rep. Mary Lou Marzian (D) on March 21, 2006 To change the title of the bill.
Amendment offered by Rep. Rick Nelson (D) on March 22, 2006 To direct the Legislative Research Commission to study the cost of textbooks, supplies, and instructional supplements at the elementary, secondary, and postsecondary levels.
Amendment offered by Rep. Rick Nelson (D) on March 22, 2006 To change the title of the bill.
Passed 90 to 9 in the House on April 11, 2006.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
To require all 11th grade students to take the ACT test at the expense of the Kentucky Department of Education. The substitute would require students who score high on readiness tests to be counseled to enroll in accelerated or advanced placement courses. The substitute would allow students in grades 10, 11, or 12 to take the WorkKeys assessments with the initial cost to be paid by the Kentucky Department of Education. The substitute would require the issuance of Kentucky employability certificates to students meeting the WorkKeys threshold established by the Cabinet for Workforce Development. The substitute would require the Kentucky Department of Education to seek input from the Office of Education Accountability, the School Curriculum, Assessment, and Accountability Council, and the National Technical Advisory Panel on Assessment and Accountability regarding reducing the number of questions on the Commonwealth Accountability Testing System if it is determined that open-response or multiple-choice items in the assessment program provide direct measures of the standards of the core content for assessment. The substitute would delete specific components of accelerated learning that are to be developed by the school district.
Received in the Senate on April 11, 2006
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on April 11, 2006.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
(same description)
To require all 11th grade students to take the ACT test at the expense of the Kentucky Department of Education. The substitute would require students who score high on readiness tests to be counseled to enroll in accelerated or advanced placement courses. The substitute would allow students in grades 10, 11, or 12 to take the WorkKeys assessments with the initial cost to be paid by the Kentucky Department of Education. The substitute would require the issuance of Kentucky employability certificates to students meeting the WorkKeys threshold established by the Cabinet for Workforce Development. The substitute would require the Kentucky Department of Education to seek input from the Office of Education Accountability, the School Curriculum, Assessment, and Accountability Council, and the National Technical Advisory Panel on Assessment and Accountability regarding reducing the number of questions on the Commonwealth Accountability Testing System if it is determined that open-response or multiple-choice items in the assessment program provide direct measures of the standards of the core content for assessment. The substitute would delete specific components of accelerated learning that are to be developed by the school district.
Signed by Gov. Ernie Fletcher on April 22, 2006 To require all 11th grade students to take the ACT test at the expense of the Kentucky Department of Education. The substitute would require students who score high on readiness tests to be counseled to enroll in accelerated or advanced placement courses. The substitute would allow students in grades 10, 11, or 12 to take the WorkKeys assessments with the initial cost to be paid by the Kentucky Department of Education. The substitute would require the issuance of Kentucky employability certificates to students meeting the WorkKeys threshold established by the Cabinet for Workforce Development. The substitute would require the Kentucky Department of Education to seek input from the Office of Education Accountability, the School Curriculum, Assessment, and Accountability Council, and the National Technical Advisory Panel on Assessment and Accountability regarding reducing the number of questions on the Commonwealth Accountability Testing System if it is determined that open-response or multiple-choice items in the assessment program provide direct measures of the standards of the core content for assessment. The substitute would delete specific components of accelerated learning that are to be developed by the school district.

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