Senate Bill 246: Mandatory, Uniform End-of-Year Assessments

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Last Updated: April 13, 2017
Senate Bill 246: Mandatory, Uniform End-of-Year Assessments
Senator Picard

Senate Bill 246 would require all homeschool students to be evaluated each year to measure satisfactory progress or growth from the previous year. Students must be evaluated via grade level standardized assessment or an annual written narrative evaluation conducted by a certified teacher or other professional approved by the school committee. In addition, a child who was absent for 10 percent or more of the school year, or the prior school year if homeschooling at the beginning of the school year, would need to submit two assessments or evaluations each year.

HSLDA's Position:

If enacted, Senate Bill 246 would supersede both local policies of the various school committees as well as the Thifault decision of the Commissioner that any evaluation required by the school committee must “accommodate the preferences of parents for certain mechanisms of measurement.”

The requirement that students absent 10 percent or more of the school year submit two assessments is the first of its kind. The current language casts grave doubt over the scope of this novel provision, and how it would be enforced by school officials and truancy officers against homeschooling families.

Action Requested:
None at this time
02/15/2017 Senate Introduced and Referred to Education Committee
04/07/2017 Senate Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration 4/12/2017 at the Rise of the Senate. Room 313 - State House
04/12/2017 Senate Committee recommended measure be held for further study


 Other Resources

Bill Text

Senate Bills Seek Mandatory, Uniform End-of-Year Assessments  Elert 2/17/2017 by Peter Kamakawiwoole

ACTION: Hearings Tomorrow for Mandatory, Uniform end-of-year Assessments  Elert 4/11/2017 by Peter Kamakawiwoole