IL House Bill 306 – Opt Out of State Assessments
Synopsis As Introduced
Amends the School Code. With respect to the administration of State assessments, provides that a student is not required to take a particular State assessment if that student’s parent or guardian requests, in writing, that the student be excused from taking the State assessment. Requires the State Board of Education, by rule, to (i) determine the form of the request, (ii) ensure that no student, teacher, school, or school district is negatively impacted, through grades or evaluations, due to a student being excused from taking a State assessment, and (iii) ensure that students who are excused from taking a State assessment are offered supervised instructional or enrichment opportunities during the time the State assessment is being administered. Effective immediately.
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IL House Bill 131 – Opt Out of State Assessments
Synopsis As Introduced
Amends the School Code. With respect to the administration of State assessments, prohibits the State Board of Education from assessing any student whose parent or guardian has requested that the student not be assessed. Requires the State Board to develop a form that allows for such requests, which form must be distributed by school districts to their students. Effective immediately.
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Contact your state representatives to voice your concerns about Common Core. Additionally, you should contact the members of the education committees. If you live in the district of one of the committee members, you are a key to stopping Common Core.
Illinois Education Committees
Common Core was ‘promoted’ by the federal government under the authority of the expired Elementary and Secondary Act (ESEA) often referred to as the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB.) This legislation was originally passed in 1965 to address educational inequalities experienced by minorities and low income children. Presidents have used this act as the authority by which the federal government has pushed federally led education reform measures. This act has not been reauthorized since 2008 and congress is currently in the process of reauthorization. Why must we reauthorize ESEA/NCLB? Best case scenario would be to sunset it!
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Senate bill 182: Learning Opportunities Created At Local Level Act or the LOCAL Level Act
Expresses the sense of Congress that state and local prerogatives over elementary and secondary education need to be preserved.
Amends the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) to prohibit any federal officer or employee from directly or indirectly, through grants, contracts, or other cooperative agreements under the ESEA:
- mandating, directing, or controlling a state’s, local educational agency’s (LEA’s), or school’s specific instructional content, academic standards, assessments, curriculum, or program of instruction;
- incentivizing such an entity’s adoption of any specific instructional content, academic standards, assessments, curriculum, or program of instruction;
- mandating a state or any subdivision thereof to spend any funds or incur any costs not paid for under the ESEA; or
- conditioning the availability of financial support on a state’s, LEA’s, or school’s adoption of any specific instructional content, academic standards, assessments, curriculum, or program of instruction, even if such conditions are specified under any other Act.
Prohibits any funds provided to the Department of Education under the ESEA from being used by the Department directly or indirectly, through grants, contracts, or other cooperative agreements, to endorse, approve, develop, require, or sanction any elementary or secondary school curriculum.
Prohibits conditioning any state’s receipt of ESEA assistance on the approval or certification of its academic standards by the federal government.
Includes in the prohibition against the use of ESEA funds on federally sponsored testing and testing materials such use on any assessment or testing materials aligned to the Common Core State Standards or any other academic standards common to a significant number of states. Prohibits the use of Race to the Top funds, provided under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, on such aligned assessment or testing materials.
Related Legislation and Bills
NOTE: There was never a specific Common Core bill; it was adopted by the Department of Education as New Illinois Learning Standards in 2010 as a condition of applying for the Race to the Top Funds.
SB 1828 – P-20 Longitudinal Education Data System Act: http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/publicacts/96/096-0107.htm
Student Record Act: http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs3.asp?ActID=1006&ChapterID=17
Unfunded Common Core Mandates: http://ilga.gov/legislation/billstatus.asp?DocNum=2357&GAID=12&GA=98&DocTypeID=HB&LegID=74137&SessionID=85
Full School Code: http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs3.asp?ActID=1005&ChapterID=17
Illinois Board of Education: New Illinois Learning Standards incorporating the Common Core page: http://www.isbe.net/common_core/
Illinois Board of Education Administrative Rules: http://www.isbe.state.il.us/rules/archive/