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  • NJ A1021
  • Requires school districts and charter schools to annually provide to parents or guardians of enrolled students information on certain tests to be administered during the school year.
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2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill provides that no later than October 1 of every school year, a school district and a charter school must provide to the parents or guardians of a student enrolled in the district or school information on any State assessment or commercially-developed standardized assessment that will be administered to the student in that school year. In the event that a school district or charter school elects to administer an additional commercially-developed standardized assessment after October 1, then it must send the required information to parents or guardians of students within 30 days of that decision. The information will include, but need not be limited to, the following: (1) the subject area of the assessment and grade levels covered by the assessment; (2) the date or dates of the administration of the assessment; (3) the time in which a student is expected to take and complete the assessment; (4) whether students are required to take the assessment online or have the option of using paper and pencil; (5) the special accommodations or accessibility options available to students; (6) to the extent practicable, the manner in which the assessment results may be used, including whether results may be used for placement in gifted and talented programs, placement in other programs or interventions, grade promotion, graduation, or in any other district or school decisions affecting students; (7) information on how and when the student and his parent or guardian can access both sample questions and answers to the assessment and the students' results; (8) the cost to the district associated with the assessment, including any fees paid to a commercial vendor; and (9) whether the assessment is required by the State, the federal government, or both. The Commissioner of Education is to provide a model document to each school district and charter school to provide the required information to parents or guardians and information on the costs incurred by the State associated with the administration of the State assessment. The information provided annually to parents or guardians must also be available at the meeting of the board of education of the school district or the meeting of the board of trustees of the charter school at which the annual School Performance Reports are presented to the public.
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Education Committee  (on 1/27/2016)
Date Chamber Action Description
1/27/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Education Committee
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