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A02240 Summary:

BILL NOA02240
 
SAME ASSAME AS S03542
 
SPONSORRozic
 
COSPNSR
 
MLTSPNSR
 
Amd 305, Ed L
 
Requires school districts to screen for gifted and talented students and provides the parents or guardians of such students the option to opt out of such screening.
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A02240 Actions:

BILL NOA02240
 
01/22/2019referred to education
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A02240 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A2240
 
SPONSOR: Rozic
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to school districts screening for gifted and talented students   PURPOSE: To ensure that all students are screened for gifted and talented student programing in order to benefit from the resources offered by their schools.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section I of the bill amends section 305 of the education law by adding a new subdivision 57 to require the commissioner to require all school districts to screen for gifted and talented students prior to entering third grade. Notice of such screening will be provided to the parent or guardian of each student, shall be printed in a clear and conspicuous manner, and shall describe the screening methods. The parent or guardian will be given the opportunity to opt out of the screening by checking the box "do not screen my child." Section II of the bill sets forth the effective date.   JUSTIFICATION: New York State does not mandate cognitive assessments of schoolchildren by educational administrators. Yet, cognitive assessments-such as the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT)-remain credible tools for ascertaining levels of acuity in children. Administrators and teachers use these assessments to tailor instruction to particular developmental strengths and needs so crucial to cognitive development and academic success (particularly on standardized examinations). Cognitive assessment tools have the potential for improving access to specialized instruction and enhancing academic achievement especially among socioeconomically disad- vantaged populations. In 2015, the School Board of Broward County, Florida, issued a report entitled "The Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT): Screening for Gifted- ness, Predicting Achievements, and Informing Differentiated Instruc- tion." That report showed that 643 second grade students not previously identified as gifted met the CogAT score criteria for consideration for gifted services. It also identified 84% of these students as being from under-represented populations. By requiring cognitive assessment of schoolchildren early in their education, this bill would elevate such assessment methods as normative and credible instruments of cognitive development and improved academic performance among diverse student populations. Testing all children would give those students especially those who do not have an actively engaged parent or guardian the opportunity to benefit from enhanced instruction based on test results.   FISCAL IMPACT ON THE STATE: To be determined.   FISCAL IMPACT ON LOCALITIES: Minimal.   IMPACT ON REGULATION OF BUSINESSES AND INDIVIDUALS: None.   IMPACT ON FINES, IMPRISONMENT, FORFEITURE OF RIGHTS, OR OTHER PENAL SANCTIONS: None.   LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2018: A10197 (Rozic) - Education   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after it shall have become law.
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A02240 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                          2240
 
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                    January 22, 2019
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by M. of A. ROZIC -- read once and referred to the Committee
          on Education
 
        AN ACT to amend the education  law,  in  relation  to  school  districts
          screening for gifted and talented students
 
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:

     1    Section 1. Section 305 of the education law is amended by adding a new
     2  subdivision 57 to read as follows:
     3    57. a. The commissioner shall require all school districts  to  screen
     4  for  gifted and talented students. Such students shall be screened prior
     5  to entering third grade.
     6    b. School districts shall provide notice of  such  screening  to  each
     7  student  and  to the parent or guardian of each student enrolled in such
     8  school district.  The notice shall:
     9    (i) be printed in a clear and conspicuous manner  and  shall  describe
    10  such screening methods; and
    11    (ii)  give  the  parent or guardian of such student the opportunity to
    12  opt out of such screening by checking the box "do not screen my child".
    13    § 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
    14  it shall have become a law.
 
 
 
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD01294-01-9
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