CHAPTER 163c
EDUCATION EVALUATION AND
REMEDIAL ASSISTANCE

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Sec. 10-14n. State-wide mastery examination. Certification of mastery. Limitations on use of test results. Examination in accordance with federal No Child Left Behind Act; funding. Kindergarten assessment tool.

      Sec. 10-14n. State-wide mastery examination. Certification of mastery. Limitations on use of test results. Examination in accordance with federal No Child Left Behind Act; funding. Kindergarten assessment tool. (a)(1) Each student enrolled in the fourth grade in any public school shall annually take a state-wide mastery examination. For purposes of this section, a state-wide mastery examination is defined as an examination which measures whether or not a student has mastered essential grade-level skills in reading, language arts and mathematics. The mastery examination shall be provided by and administered under the supervision of the State Board of Education.

      (2) Each student enrolled in the sixth grade and each student enrolled in the eighth grade in any public school shall annually take a state-wide mastery examination. Such mastery examination shall be provided by and administered under the supervision of the State Board of Education.

      (3) Annually each student enrolled in the tenth grade in any public school or any endowed or incorporated high school or academy approved by the State Board of Education pursuant to section 10-34 shall take a state-wide mastery examination. Such mastery examination shall be provided by and administered under the supervision of the State Board of Education.

      (b) Beginning in the 2005-2006 school year, the state-wide mastery examinations pursuant to subsection (a) of this section shall be administered in March or April.

      (c) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsections (a) and (b) of this section, the state-wide mastery examinations pursuant to this section shall be administered as follows:

      (1) Beginning in the 2005-2006 school year, each student enrolled in grades three to eight, inclusive, and ten in any public school shall, annually, in March or April, take a state-wide mastery examination that measures the essential and grade-appropriate skills in reading, writing and mathematics; and

      (2) Beginning in the 2007-2008 school year, each student enrolled in grades five, eight and ten in any public school shall, annually, in March or April, take a state-wide mastery examination in science.

      (d) Mastery examinations pursuant to subsection (c) of this section shall be provided by and administered under the supervision of the State Board of Education.

      (e) Student scores on each component of the state-wide tenth grade mastery examination may be included on the permanent record and transcript of each student who takes such examination provided, for a student who meets or exceeds the state-wide mastery goal level on any component of the state-wide tenth grade mastery examination, certification of having met or exceeded such goal level shall be made on the permanent record and the transcript of each such student and such student shall be issued a certificate of mastery for such component. Each student who fails to meet the mastery goal level on each component of said mastery examination may annually take or retake each such component at its regular administration until such student scores at or above each such state-wide mastery goal level or such student graduates or reaches age twenty-one.

      (f) No such public school or endowed or incorporated high school or academy may require achievement of a satisfactory score on the state-wide mastery examination, or any subsequent retest on a component of such examination as the sole criterion of promotion or graduation.

      (g) On and after July 1, 2003, mastery testing pursuant to this section shall be in conformance with the testing requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act, P.L. 107-110 provided (1) any costs of such conformance to the state and local or regional boards of education that are attributable to additional federal requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act, P.L. 107-110 shall be paid exclusively from federal funds received by the state and local or regional boards of education pursuant to the No Child Left Behind Act, P.L. 107-110, and (2) the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to education shall, on or before February 1, 2004, evaluate the estimated additional cost to the state and its local and regional boards of education for compliance with the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act, P.L. 107-110, net of appropriated federal funds for such purpose, and the comparable amount of estimated federal funds to be received by the state and its local and regional boards of education pursuant to the No Child Left Behind Act, P.L. 107-110 and report its findings and recommendations, if any, pursuant to the provisions of section 11-4a.

      (h) Within available appropriations, the Commissioner of Education shall, not later than October 1, 2009, develop and implement a state-wide developmentally appropriate kindergarten assessment tool that measures a child's level of preparedness for kindergarten.

      (P.A. 78-194, S. 2, 9; P.A. 82-387, S. 1, 2; P.A. 83-454, S. 2-4; P.A. 84-293, S. 2, 5; P.A. 88-136, S. 23, 37; P.A. 90-324, S. 1, 13; P.A. 92-58; 92-262, S. 3, 42; P.A. 93-353, S. 38, 52; P.A. 94-245, S. 33, 46; P.A. 97-247, S. 5, 27; P.A. 03-168, S. 1; 03-174, S. 1; P.A. 05-245, S. 9, 51.)

      History: P.A. 82-387 added Subsecs. (b) and (c) requiring retesting of students who tested below the state-wide level of expected performance on any component of the ninth grade proficiency exam and prohibiting use of the exam or any retest for purposes of determining promotion or graduation; P.A. 83-454 amended Subsec. (a), moving ninth grade exam to eighth grade, effective July 1, 1984, and providing for transition year test in the ninth grade and amended Subsecs. (b) and (c), making technical revisions; P.A. 84-293 amended Subsec. (a) substituting "ninth" grade test for "eighth" grade test up to and including the 1986-1987 school year, inserted new Subsec. (b) re fourth grade state-wide mastery exam, and new Subsec. (c) re sixth and eighth grade state-wide mastery exam, relettering former Subsec. (b) as Subsec. (d) and adding provision re retesting using the eighth grade test, inserted new Subsec. (e) also re retesting on the eighth grade test and relettered former Subsec. (c) as Subsec. (f), adding provision to include mastery exam and changing limitation on use of test from "a condition of promotion or graduation" to prohibition of use as "the sole criterion" of promotion or graduation; P.A. 88-136 deleted obsolete provisions including Subsecs. (a) and (d) re proficiency examination and relettered remaining Subsecs; P.A. 90-324 in Subsec. (c) limited the taking and retaking of the eighth grade mastery examination to prior to September 1, 1993, inserted new Subsecs. (d) and (e) re tenth grade mastery examination and relettered former Subsec. (d) as Subsec. (f); P.A. 92-58 inserted new Subsec. (f) concerning educational mastery and relettered the existing Subsec. (f) as Subsec. (g); P.A. 92-262 amended Subsec. (c) to add the requirement for certain ninth grade students to take or retake the eighth grade mastery examination; P.A. 93-353 amended Subsec. (e) to change the requirement for taking or retaking the examination to failure to pass each component required pursuant to Subsec. (a) rather than failure to pass each component, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 94-245 deleted former Subsecs. (c) and (e) providing for the retaking of the examination by students who failed to meet a state-wide standard for remedial assistance and relettered the remaining Subsecs. and changed the date for implementation of mastery certification, effective June 2, 1994; P.A. 97-247 made technical changes and in Subsec. (c) added the reference to approval by the State Board of Education pursuant to Sec. 10-34 to describe endowed or incorporated high school or academy, effective July 1, 1997; P.A. 03-168 redesignated existing Subsecs. (a) to (c) as Subsec. (a)(1), (2) and (3), added new Subsec. (b) re testing in April, added new Subsec. (c) re grades tested beginning in the 2005-2006 and 2007-2008 school years, added new Subsec. (d) re examination provided by and administered under supervision of the State Board of Education, redesignated existing Subsecs. (d) and (e) as Subsecs. (e) and (f), and added Subsec. (g) re federal requirements and funding, effective July 1, 2003; P.A. 03-174 amended formerly designated Subsec. (d) by allowing recordation of mastery scores if a student meets or exceeds goal level on any component rather than on each component and by requiring the issuance of a certificate of mastery, effective July 1, 2003; P.A. 05-245 amended Subsecs. (b) and (c) by permitting testing in March, effective June 30, 2005, and added Subsec. (h) re kindergarten assessment tool, effective July 1, 2005.

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