ACCOUNTABILITY AND TESTING
There were several attempts this session to create an outcomes-based, or test-based, funding bonus. The language appeared in many different bills this session, including in the final Senate version of the school finance bill, HB 1525 by Rep. Huberty. But thanks to the efforts of public advocates across the state, members of the House rejected this policy and the provision failed to pass in any form.
There were dozens of bills filed this session related to accountability and assessment, but only a few crossed the finish line. HB 764 by Rep. Krause, which did not pass despite a house vote 136-6 in favor, would have reduced the number of state assessments based on those only required by federal law. The Senate chose not to pass the bill. SB 1365 by Sen. Bettencourt, which did pass, redefines when accountability sanctions occur. HB 999 by Rep. Bernal also passed. This bill will allow high school seniors this school year to use an Individualized Graduation Committee without having passed the required End of Course exams.
Raise Your Hand will continue to monitor and work on the A-F accountability and assessment systems over the interim. Our public schools are being asked to do more than ever, but our A-F rating system is primarily based on one test given on one day. These ratings ignore other essential indicators of a quality education such as extracurricular activities, health and safety issues, and community, family, and student engagement.