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March 5, 2003

Senate Bill 38: National Assessment of Educational Progress

Sponsor:
The Committee on Education at the request of the Department of Education and Cultural Affairs.

Summary:
This bill provides that " Each public school selected to participate in the biennial national assessment of educational progress shall do so pursuant to 20 U.S.C. 6311(c)(2) as in effect on January 1, 2003." Senate Bill 38 refers only to public schools. However, because South Dakota law requires homeschoolers who are in grade levels tested under the state testing program to be assessed using a standardized test, this bill could negatively affect homeschoolers.

Status:
SB 38 unanimously passed the Senate on January 24, 2003, and is now in the House. On January 27 it was referred to the House Education Committee, which considered it on February 25 and February 27, 2003. The committee passed the bill on February 27, and the House passed SB 38 on February 28. The bill was sent to the governor on March 5, 2003.

Action Requested:
None at this time.

HSLDA's Position:
Neutral. SB 38 passed without any negative amendments, and in light of SB 39 will not affect homeschoolers.

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