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2008 Senate Bill 1: Eliminate Commonwealth Accountability Testing System
Introduced by Sen. David L. Williams (R) on February 19, 2008 To eliminate 4th grade writing portfolios and to remove all other writing portfolios from annual assessments. The bill would eliminate CATS and replace it with tests that measure progress of individual students over time. The bill also eliminates open-response test questions from annual assessments. The bill requires reporting of assessment results to school districts and schools within sixty days after testing can begin.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Education Committee on February 19, 2008
Reported in the Senate on March 6, 2008 Favorably, 2nd reading, to Rules.
Substitute offered in the Senate on March 6, 2008 To make the implementation date for the changes in assessment 2008-2009, except for any delays that may be necessary to comply with the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. The substitute also includes on-demand writing assessments one time each within the elementary grades, the middle grades, and the high school grades. The substitute also changes the high school readiness exam to assess English, reading, mathematics, and science from grade 8 to grade 9. The substitute also requires the Kentucky Department of Education to conduct periodic studies comparing the standards in social studies and other areas as deemed appropriate by the Kentucky Board of Education in addition to those currently named.
The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on March 7, 2008 To make the implementation date for the changes in assessment 2008-2009, except for any delays that may be necessary to comply with the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. The substitute also includes on-demand writing assessments one time each within the elementary grades, the middle grades, and the high school grades. The substitute also changes the high school readiness exam to assess English, reading, mathematics, and science from grade 8 to grade 9. The substitute also requires the Kentucky Department of Education to conduct periodic studies comparing the standards in social studies and other areas as deemed appropriate by the Kentucky Board of Education in addition to those currently named.
Passed 22 to 15 in the Senate on March 7, 2008.
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To change the CATS assessment program to one that measures progress of individual students, rather than schools, over time. The bill also eliminates open-response test questions from annual assessments. The bill requires reporting of assessment results to school districts and schools within sixty days after testing can begin.
Received in the House on March 10, 2008
Referred to the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee on March 14, 2008

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