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Bill to Gut No Child Left Behind Introduced
in the House of Representatives

NOTE FROM WRIGHTSLAW: On September 9, 2003, four members of the House of Representatives introduced H. R. 3049, a bill to gut the No Child Left Behind Act.
H. R. 3049 would change NCLB requirements about assessment and accountability.

Under NCLB, schools must assess proficiency in reading and math of all students and must report their progress in educating all students and groups of students who are often left behind, including children with disabilities.

In response to complaints from school districts that it is "unfair" to expect them to teach children with disabilities how to read and do math, the amendment would create exclusions for "particular groups of students." Who are "particular groups of students"? You guessed it - children with disabilities and English language learners.

We are not surprised that special interest groups want to gut the accountability provisions of No Child Left Behind. We will keep you posted on new developments.


108th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 3049

To amend part A of title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 regarding adequate yearly progress and assessments.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

September 9, 2003

Mr. STRICKLAND (for himself, Mr. ALLEN, Mr. ROSS, and Mrs. JONES of Ohio) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce

A BILL

To amend part A of title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 regarding adequate yearly progress and assessments. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the `Student Testing Fairness Act of 2003'. SEC. 2. AMENDMENTS REGARDING ADEQUATE YEARLY PROGRESS AND ASSESSMENTS.

(a) CONTINUOUS GROWTH MODELS- Clause (iii) of section 1111(b)(2)(C) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6311(b)(2)(C)) is amended by striking `for all students' and inserting `for all students, as demonstrated by measures of students' progress toward proficiency, including longitudinal growth'.

(b) AVERAGING PROCEDURE- Subparagraph (J) of section 1111(b)(2) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6311(b)(2)) is amended by adding at the end the following:`(iv) The State may average data by other means that are designed to increase the stability of school-building results from year to year.'.

(c) ADEQUATE YEARLY PROGRESS BY GROUP AND SUBJECT- Section 1116(b) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6316(b)) is amended--(1) in subparagraph (A) of paragraph (1), by inserting `with respect to the performance of a particular group of students described in section 1111(b)(2)(C)(v) in the same academic subject,' after `that fails, for 2 consecutive years,';(2) in paragraph (5), by inserting `with respect to the performance of a particular group of students described in section 1111(b)(2)(C)(v) in the same academic subject,' after `that fails to make adequate yearly progress,';(3) in subparagraph (C) of paragraph (7), by inserting `with respect to the performance of a particular group of students described in section 1111(b)(2)(C)(v) in the same academic subject,' after `that fails to make adequate yearly progress,'; and(4) in subparagraph (A) of paragraph (8), by inserting `with respect to the performance of a particular group of students described in section 1111(b)(2)(C)(v) in the same academic subject,' after `continues to fail to make adequate yearly progress,'.

(d) MULTIPLE MEASURES- Subparagraph (A) of section 1111(b)(2) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6311(b)(2)) is amended--(1) at the end of clause (ii), by striking `and';(2) at the end of clause (iii), by striking the period and inserting `; and'; and(3) at the end, by adding the following:`(iv) include multiple measures of student academic achievement, such as the proportion of State report card indicators met, a performance index score, student drop-out rate, and a measure based on individual student achievement gains over time, disaggregated by each of the groups of students described in subparagraph (C)(v).'.

(e) CUT SCORES- Clause (ii) of section 1111(b)(1)(D) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6311(b)(1)(D)) is amended--(1) in subclause (II), by striking `and' at the end;(2) in subclause (III), by striking the period at the end and inserting `; and'; and(3) by adding at the end the following:`(IV) take into consideration the continuum of achievement by children within the advanced, proficient, and basic levels of achievement described in subclauses (II) and (III) and the yearly progress by children within such continuum.'.

(f) NO FIRST SCORE REQUIREMENT- Clause (iv) of section 1111(b)(2)(C) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6311(b)(2)(C)) is amended--(1) by striking `(iv) measures' and inserting `(iv)(I) measures';(2) by inserting `and' after `in paragraph (3);'; and(3) by adding at the end the following:`(II) if a student takes an assessment described in paragraph (3) for a particular subject or grade level more than once, may use, at the State's discretion, the student's results from subsequent administrations of the assessment;'.

(g) LIMITING TRANSFER OPTIONS AND SUPPLEMENTAL SERVICES TO STUDENTS FROM FAILING GROUPS- Section 1116 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6316) is amended--(1) in paragraphs (1)(E)(i), (5)(A), (7)(C)(i), and (8)(A)(i) of subsection (b), by striking the term `all students enrolled in the school' each place such term appears and inserting `all students enrolled in the school, who are members of a group described in section 1111(b)(2)(C)(v) that fails to make adequate yearly progress as defined in the State's plan under section 1111(b)(2),';(2) in clause (vii) of subsection (c)(10)(C), by inserting `, who are members of a group described in section 1111(b)(2)(C)(v) that fails to make adequate yearly progress as defined in the State's plan under section 1111(b)(2),' after `Authorizing students'; and(3) in subparagraph (A) of subsection (e)(12), by inserting `, who is a member of a group described in section 1111(b)(2)(C)(v) that fails to make adequate yearly progress as defined in the State's plan under section 1111(b)(2)' after `under section 1113(c)(1)'.

(h) ASSESSMENTS- Clause (ii) of section 1111(b)(3)(C) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6311(b)(3)(C)) is amended to read as follows:`(ii) be aligned with the State's challenging academic content and student academic achievement standards, be aligned with curriculum and instruction to adequately assess the effect of curriculum and instruction on each such challenging academic content standard, include individual test items (based on technical criteria) that enable students to achieve the items if the students received appropriate instruction, and provide coherent information about student attainment of the State's challenging academic content and student academic achievement standards;'.

(i) ASSESSING STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES- Clause (ix) of section 1111(b)(3)(C) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6311(b)(3)(C)) is amended--(1) in subclause (II), by striking `and' at the end;(2) in subclause (III), by inserting `and' at the end; and(3) by adding at the end the following:`(IV) at the discretion of the State, the assessment of students with disabilities (as defined in section 602(3) of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) whose instructional level in the core academic subjects is below the grade level in which the student is enrolled, by using the State assessment determined by the student's individualized education program team (as described in section 614(d)(1)(B) of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) to most closely correspond to the student's instructional level;'.

(j) STUDENTS WITH LIMITED ENGLISH PROFICIENCY- Paragraph (2) of section 1111(b) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6311(b)) is amended by adding at the end the following:`(L) STUDENTS WITH LIMITED ENGLISH PROFICIENCY- Notwithstanding subparagraph (C)(v), a State may define adequate yearly progress under subparagraph (C) in a manner that measures the progress of students with limited English proficiency--`(i) by continuing to include in a group of students described in subparagraph (C)(v) students who attain proficiency in English; and`(ii) by excluding the performance of students with limited English proficiency who have resided in the United States for less than 3 years, so as to avoid any distortion in measurement resulting from the new arrivals of such students. '.

(k) SEPARATE STARTING POINTS- Subparagraph (E) of section 1111(b)(2) (20 U.S.C. 6311(b)(2)) is amended by striking `, using data for the 2001-2002 school year,' and inserting `, for each group of students described in subparagraph (C)(v),'.

(l) MINIMUM NUMBER OF STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES FOR STATISTICALLY RELIABLE INFORMATION- The matter following subclause (II) in section 1111(b)(2)(C)(v) is amended by inserting `, and a State may determine that such number for a group of students with disabilities is greater than for other groups of students described in this clause' after `information about any individual student'.


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