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Making Certain State Assessments Optional

Concerning allowing local education providers to choose whether to administer certain state assessments to students enrolled in specified grades.
2017 Regular Session
Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
Bill Summary

Under existing law, each local education provider must administer the state assessments in math and English language arts to students enrolled in ninth grade and must administer the state-selected assessment to students enrolled in tenth grade. Each local education provider must also administer a state social studies assessment to students in one elementary-school grade, one middle-school grade, and one high-school grade on a 3-year schedule.

Under the bill, each local education provider may choose whether to administer the state social studies assessments, the ninth-grade math and English language arts state assessments, and the tenth-grade assessment. The bill repeals the requirement that the department of education apply for a waiver to administer the ninth-grade math and English language arts state assessments to satisfy federal requirements.

(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)




Bill Text


Sponsor Type Legislators
Prime Sponsor

Rep. P. Buck
Sen. V. Marble, Sen. M. Merrifield



The effective date for bills enacted without a safety clause is August 7, 2024, if the General Assembly adjourns sine die on May 8, 2024, unless otherwise specified. Details