SB 1414: Improves Home Instruction Students’ Access to AP tests and the PSAT/NMSQT test


Last Updated: February 23, 2017
SB 1414: Improves Home Instruction Students’ Access to AP tests and the PSAT/NMSQT test
Senator Stephen D. Newman
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 HB 2355.  Both HB 2355 and SB 1414 have been approved by the Governor and are effective July 1st, 2017.

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01/11/17 Senate: Presented and ordered printed
01/11/17 Senate: Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/02/17 Senate: Reported from Education and Health with amendments (12-Y 2-N)
02/03/17 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
02/06/17 Senate: Read second time
02/06/17 Senate: Reading of amendments waived
02/06/17 Senate: Committee amendments agreed to
02/06/17 Senate: Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/06/17 Senate: Printed as engrossed
02/07/17 Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/09/17 House: Placed on Calendar
02/09/17 House: Read first time
02/09/17 House: Referred to Committee on Education
02/15/17 House: Reported from Education (22-Y 0-N)
02/16/17 House: Read second time
02/17/17 House: Read third time
02/17/17 House: Passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/17/17 House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N)
02/22/17 Senate: Enrolled
02/22/17 Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House
02/22/17 Senate: Signed by President
02/22/17 House: Signed by Speaker
02/23/17 Senate: Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on 2/23/17
02/23/17 Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 27, 2017
03/13/17 Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 334 (effective 7/1/17)

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