House Bill 2355: Improves Home Instruction Students’ Access to AP tests and the PSAT/NMSQT test

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House Bill 2355: Improves Home Instruction Students’ Access to AP tests and the PSAT/NMSQT test
Sponsors:
Representative Brenda L. Pogge
Summary:
The current statute giving homeschoolers access to AP tests and the PSAT test through the public school needs to be brought up to date.  The College Board recently gave the old PSAT a new name: “PSAT/NMSQT.”  Additionally, the College Board created two new tests with similar-sounding names: the PSAT 8/9, and the PSAT 10.  In order to bring the statute into conformity with the current actual name of the test, the statute needs to be amended to refer to the “PSAT/NMSQT” rather than simply the “PSAT.”
 
The current statute says two things that don’t entirely make sense together.  The statute first says school boards shall notify homeschool students “of the availability” of the tests.  But later it says school boards shall “make these examinations available.”  SB 1414 simplifies this potentially confusing language by eliminating the duty of school boards to notify homeschool students of the availability of the tests. The school board’s duty to “make a plan” is also eliminated. The duty of a school board to make the tests available stays the same.
 
The bill also requires school boards to clearly set a deadline by which homeschoolers must sign up for the tests, and communicate this deadline to homeschool students.  In the past, some homeschool students missed out on the opportunity to take these tests because their school board failed to communicate the deadline.

This bill is identical to SB 1414.

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

01/16/17 House: Presented and ordered printed
01/16/17 House: Referred to Committee on Education
01/20/17 House: Assigned Education sub: Elementary and Secondary Education
01/27/17 House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (8-Y 0-N)
01/30/17 House: Reported from Education (21-Y 0-N)
01/31/17 House: Read first time
02/01/17 House: Read second time and engrossed
02/02/17 House: Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (95-Y 0-N)
02/02/17 House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (95-Y 0-N)
02/03/17 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/03/17 Senate: Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/09/17 Senate: Reported from Education and Health with amendments (15-Y 0-N)
02/10/17 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
02/13/17 Senate: Read third time
02/13/17 Senate: Reading of amendments waived
02/13/17 Senate: Committee amendments agreed to
02/13/17 Senate: Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/13/17 Senate: Passed Senate with amendments (40-Y 0-N)
02/15/17 House: Placed on Calendar
02/15/17 House: Senate amendments agreed to by House (98-Y 0-N)
02/15/17 House: VOTE: ADOPTION (98-Y 0-N)
02/17/17 House: Enrolled
02/17/17 House: Bill text as passed House and Senate
02/17/17 House: Signed by Speaker
02/20/17 Senate: Signed by President
02/21/17 House: Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 2/21/17
02/21/17 Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 27, 2017
03/03/17 Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 302 (effective 7/1/17)

This bill was signed into law and will become effective July 1st, 2017.

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