Bills Introduced on Student Exam Notices & Opt-Outs

thiesfeldtTwo bills dealing with pupil assessments were recently introduced by Assembly Education Committee Chair Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac, pictured at left) and Sen. Duey Stroebel (R-Saukville, pictured below):

Assembly Bill 300/Senate Bill 222 – This bill requires, beginning in the 2017-18 school year, each school board to annually provide the parent or guardian of each pupil with a copy of or instructions on how to access a summary of the pupil examinations that the school board must administer under state and federal law and any other examinations used to assess pupil, school, or school district performance.  The bill specifies certain information that must be included in the summary and requires that the summary be written in commonly understood language.

stroebelThe bill also applies to independent charter schools, opportunity schools and private voucher schools, requiring these schools to provide the same information but, in the case of voucher schools, only for students attending on a voucher.

Assembly Bill 304 – This bill requires, upon request of a parent or guardian, a school board to excuse a pupil enrolled in any grade from 3 to 12 from taking any examination required under state or federal law, except the civics test that is a requirement for high school graduation.

Under current law, upon request from a parent or guardian, a school board must excuse a pupil in 4th, 8th, 9th, 10th, or 11th grade from taking the knowledge and concepts examination adopted by the state superintendent of public instruction that is required to be administered to pupils in that grade.

The bill also applies to independent charter schools, opportunity schools and private voucher schools.

Both bills have been referred to the Assembly Committee on Government Accountability and Oversight, chaired by Rep. Rob Hutton (R-Brookfield).