House Bill 1139: Making Changes to the Unique Pupil Identification System

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House Bill 1139: Making Changes to the Unique Pupil Identification System
Sponsors:
Representatives Hill, Boehm, and Ingbretson
Summary:

HB 1139 makes the following changes to the Unique Pupil Identification ("UPI") System:

1. A parent or legal guardian or a student who is 18 years old may have access to the unique pupil identifier.

2. Homeschool students may opt in if they wish to be included in the UPI system. Currently, they may opt out if they do not wish to be included in the system.

3. The bill repeals the commissioner of education's authority to grant access to the data warehouse.

4. It repeals a provision mandating that the Department of Education provide pupil-level data from the UPI system to early childhood programs, districts, or post secondary institutions.

HSLDA's Position:
Support.
Action Requested:
None at this time
Status:

01/04/2012     (House)     Introduced and referred to Education Committee
01/31/2012     (House)     Public Hearing at 2:00 p.m. in Legislative Office Building (LOB) 207
02/14/2012     (House)     Executive Session at 1:00 p.m. in LOB 207
03/07/2012     (House)     Education Committee recommended passing the bill with amendment 2012-0600h
03/07/2012     (House)     Passed House as amended
03/07/2012     (Senate)     Introduced in Senate and referred to Senate Education Committee
04/24/2012     (Senate)     Public Hearing at 2:00 p.m. in LOB 103
05/08/2012     (Senate)     Committee recommended passing with Amendment No. 2012-2033s
05/16/2012     (Senate)     Senate recommended passing with Amendment No. 2012-2033s
05/30/2012     (House)     House concurs with Senate Amendment No. 2012-2033s
06/18/2012     (House)     Signed by Governor 06/15/2012; Effective 08/14/2012

Background:

In 2004, the state of New Hampshire created an education database to store information about public school students and track their progress. The results of state assessment tests are stored in this database and school districts upload student information, such as attendance and special education information, to the database by requesting a student’s unique pupil identifier. The purpose of this database is to allow the Department of Education to compile information to improve public school performance.

The passage of Senate Bill 503 in 2010 allowed all early childhood programs, local school districts, and post secondary institutions to request and maintain an unique pupil identifier for their students. Homeschool students who have not been assigned a unique pupil identifier may, under current law, opt out of being included in the UPI system for post secondary schools without penalty.

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Amendment 2012-0600h

Amendment No. 2012-2033s >>