|SAME AS||No Same As|
|COSPNSR||McDonald, Bichotte, Gunther, Barrett, Stirpe, Kim, Lifton, Simon, Mosley, Buchwald, Skoufis, Jaffee, Gottfried, Colton, Raia, Stec, Brindisi, Lupinacci, Duprey, Cusick, Cook, Zebrowski, Steck, Lupardo, Dilan, Graf, Otis, Pichardo|
|MLTSPNSR||Blake, Lopez, Magee, Robinson|
|Add S319, Ed L|
|Requires that readability standards for state administered standardized English language arts or mathematics assessments shall be presented at a readability level that is grade-level appropriate; requires the commissioner of SED to review assessments to ensure materials presented are grade-level appropriate.|
|05/12/2015||referred to education|
|01/06/2016||referred to education|
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NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
BILL NUMBER: A7460 SPONSOR: Fahy (MS)
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to readability standards for standardized assessments   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill would ensure that all future standardized NYS Grades 3- 8 tests will be held to a readability level appropriate to the grade that it is being tested.   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1: amends the education law by adding a new section 319 Section 2: implementation provisions Section 3: effective date   JUSTIFICATION: There have been concerns from parents, teachers and other educational stakeholders about the grade appropriate reading level of questions on the Grades 3- 8 Standardized NYS Tests. This bill would ensure that all future standardized NYS Grades 3- 8 tests will be held to a readability level appropriate to the grade that it is being tested. For example, the questions on a 3rd grade math test should not be at a readability level of 5th grade. This this does not interfere or impact the current work of the Regents with regard to the education budget (teacher evaluations and role of testing). Also, there should little or no cost to complying with this requirement because "readability" levels of the text (or questions) are readily accessed through software available in Microsoft Word.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to the state   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately; provided, however that section one of this act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after it shall have become a law.
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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7460 2015-2016 Regular Sessions IN ASSEMBLY May 12, 2015 ___________ Introduced by M. of A. FAHY, McDONALD, BICHOTTE, GUNTHER, KAMINSKY, BARRETT, STIRPE, KIM, LIFTON, SIMON, MOSLEY, BUCHWALD, SKOUFIS, JAFFEE, GOTTFRIED, COLTON, RAIA, STEC, BRINDISI, LUPINACCI, DUPREY, CUSICK, COOK, ZEBROWSKI -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A. MAGEE -- read once and referred to the Committee on Education AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to readability standards for standardized assessments The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem- bly, do enact as follows: 1 Section 1. The education law is amended by adding a new section 319 to 2 read as follows: 3 § 319. Readability standards for standardized assessments. State 4 administered standardized English language arts or mathematics assess- 5 ments for grades three through eight shall be presented at a readability 6 level that is grade-level appropriate. 7 § 2. In order to implement the provisions of section one of this act, 8 the commissioner of education shall: 9 (1) no later than September 1, 2016 complete an initial review of 10 state administered standardized English language arts or mathematics 11 assessments for grades three through eight to review the readability of 12 such assessments prior to the administration of such assessments. If it 13 is determined from the initial review that the assessments are not 14 grade-level appropriate, the education department shall make the neces- 15 sary changes to such assessments to ensure that they are presented at a 16 readability level that is grade-level appropriate prior to the adminis- 17 tration of such assessments. 18 (2) consult with relevant stakeholders, as determined by the commis- 19 sioner of education, and consider the use of comprehension and readabil- 20 ity indices or tests such as those established by the Flesch-Kincaid 21 Grade Level, Gunning Fog Index, Coleman-Liau Index, SMOG Index, Auto- EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD10523-03-5A. 7460 2 1 mated Readability Index, or other readily available and nationally 2 accepted readability indices and tests. 3 § 3. This act shall take effect immediately; provided, however that 4 section one of this act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth 5 day after it shall have become a law. Effective immediately, the 6 commissioner of education is authorized to promulgate any and all rules 7 and regulations and take any other measures necessary to implement this 8 act on its effective date, on or before such date.