Legislative Statements for Consideration
Accountability and Assessment
Academic growth should be formally measured in a summative manner at multiple times duringeach school year at the local level. This growth rate can be reported to the state for ongoingreview and monitoring.2.
Statewide assessments should be administered at the transition years to ensure adequatestudent performance from districts and campuses (grades 5 and 8).3.
Accountability standards should measure the success of schools in continuing studentachievement growth through bands of success rather than a single rigid standard score.4.
End of course assessments should be required for only the first two courses in each core contentarea within the high school sequence. Third course EOCs would be available for those studentsattempting to earn distinction.5.
College and career readiness standards can be measured via the transition year assessmentsand the ten required EOCs.6.
Waive newly enrolled students from being included in the campus and district accountabilityrating and establish baseline scoring data with the first testing administration.7.
Scoring for students in the category of Special Education should be fair and equitable, yet morelogically assessed in the accountability system to more accurately reflect the academic growthof all categories of learners.
Curriculum and Instruction
Redefine the default Recommended Graduation Plan to provide additional, rigorous high schoolcourse
choices that recognize individual students’ natural tale
nts, interests and abilitiesincluding career and college paths.9.
Provide additional math and science courses that cater to student interests and satisfygraduation requirements.10.
Waive the state-mandated end of course exam upon successful completion of a local district-approved dual-credit course.11.
Do not require the inclusion of end of course (EOC) results into the final grade earned bystudents.
Categorical funding should be provided to school districts to enable purchase, replacement, andmaintenance of technology equipment. (Technology funding was eliminated in 2011.)
Allow additional discretionary taxing authority to locally elected school boards to replaceformula funding reductions enacted for the 2011-13 biennium.14.
Independent school districts should retain all the revenue generated by a local tax rate election.
Allow districts to retain 100% of enrichment pennies (tax rate above $1.04).
Index Target Revenue to increase/fluctuate according to inflation.