PREFILED JAN 04 2021
REFERENCE TITLE: alternative assessment; special education
State of Arizona
First Regular Session
amending Title 15, chapter 7, article 3, Arizona Revised Statutes, by adding section 15-744; relating to school instruction.
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Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Arizona:
Section 1. Title 15, chapter 7, article 3, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended by adding section 15-744, to read:
15-744. Special education; alternative assessment; rules
Notwithstanding any other state law and to the extent allowed by federal law, the state board of education shall adopt rules that allow a pupil to participate in an alternative assessment instead of the assessment required pursuant to this article if the pupil is enrolled in a special education program and meets certain criteria as specified by the state board.
Sec. 2. Alternative assessment study committee; membership; duties; report; delayed repeal
A. The alternative assessment study committee is established consisting of the following members:
1. Three members of the senate who are appointed by the president of the senate, one of whom is a member of the minority party. The president of the senate shall designate one of these members as the chairperson of the study committee.
2. Three members of the house of representatives who are appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives, one of whom is a member of the minority party.
3. Two special education teachers who are appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives.
4. Two parents of special education students who are appointed by the president of the senate.
5. One school district superintendent or a school district superintendent's designee who is appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives.
6. One person with expertise in alternative assessments who is appointed by the president of the senate.
7. The superintendent of public instruction or the superintendent's designee.
B. The study committee shall discuss and evaluate all of the following:
1. How this state can improve outreach and professional development to ensure support for parents and educators of special education students who are not eligible for the alternative assessment.
2. Accommodations provided to special education students while taking assessments.
3. Guidance on properly identifying students for the alternative assessment.
4. Professional development opportunities for special education educators and school administrators.
5. Developing a parent guidebook on assessments for students with special needs.
C. On or before December 1, 2021, the alternative assessment study committee shall submit a report of its findings, conclusions and recommendations to the governor, the superintendent of public instruction, the speaker of the house of representatives and the president of the senate and submit a copy of this report to the secretary of state.
D. This section is repealed from and after June 30, 2022.