House Bill 1323 and Senate Bill 640: Equal Access

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House Bill 1323 and Senate Bill 640: Equal Access
House Senate
Sponsors:
Representatives Frank, Oliverson, Dutton, Leach
Sponsors:
Senator V. Taylor
Summary:

House Bill 1323 would enable homeschool students to participate in public school sports administered by the University Interscholastic League. Any student who wanted to participate in a league activity would need to meet the same requirements as students enrolled in the school, such as age, fees, physical condition, and academic performance. The bill would require homeschool students to score in the “average or higher than average” range on a national-normed standardized test to participate in league activities.

Summary:

House Bill 1323 would enable homeschool students to participate in public school sports administered by the University Interscholastic League. Any student who wanted to participate in a league activity would need to meet the same requirements as students enrolled in the school, such as age, fees, physical condition, and academic performance. The bill would require homeschool students to score in the “average or higher than average” range on a national-normed standardized test to participate in league activities.

Status:
01/27/2017 House Introduced
02/27/2017 House Passed First Reading; Referred to Public Education Committee
04/27/2017 House Considered in Public Hearing; Left pending in committee

 

Status:
01/27/2017 Senate Introduced
02/13/2017 Senate Passed First Reading; Referred to Education Committee
04/05/2017 Senate Scheduled for public hearing on 4/6/2017
04/06/2017 Senate Considered in public hearing; Testimony taken in committee; Left pending in committee
04/11/2017 Senate Considered in public hearing
04/12/2017 Senate Reported favorably without amendment; Committee report printed and distributed
04/13/2017 Senate Placed on intent calendar for 4/18/2017
04/19/2017 Senate Passed Second Reading and passed to engrossment; Passed Third Reading; Passed Senate 25-8
04/19/2017 House Received from Senate
05/08/2017 House Passed First Reading; Referred to Public Education Committee

 

HSLDA's Position:

Oppose. While HSLDA has been neutral on equal access legislation, we oppose this bill because of the standardized test requirement. This bill validates the erroneous idea that nationally-normed standardized testing is the only legitimate way—or even a good way—to assess a student’s eligibility for sports. Schools normally require students to have good attendance and maintain passing grades in order to participate in sports. A student could be diligent in his classes and score below the average range on a standardized test. Alternative assessments should be available in order to accurately measure a student’s eligibility for sports.

HSLDA's Position:

Oppose. While HSLDA has been neutral on equal access legislation, we oppose this bill because of the standardized test requirement. This bill validates the erroneous idea that nationally-normed standardized testing is the only legitimate way—or even a good way—to assess a student’s eligibility for sports. Schools normally require students to have good attendance and maintain passing grades in order to participate in sports. A student could be diligent in his classes and score below the average range on a standardized test. Alternative assessments should be available in order to accurately measure a student’s eligibility for sports.

Action Requested:
None at this time
Action Requested:
None at this time

 Other Resources

House Bill Text

House Bill History

 Other Resources

Senate Bill Text

Senate Bill History