Approximately 46 education related bills made it through crossover. This list has all the bills proposed, but the ones in bold are the ones that made it through.
I’ve plucked a few off the list to go over.
Given the national movement to opt out of standardized testing and the objection to these exams being used to evaluate teachers, HB 248 is worth looking at. The bill is titled, “Eliminate NC Final Exam”. Let’s hope this means the calls to end EOG’s and shift to formative assessments which have immediate instructional value is gaining attention.
The full text of HB 248 is very short; here is the opening summary:
AN ACT TO ELIMINATE THE NC FINAL EXAM AND THE ANALYSIS OF STUDENT WORK PROCESS AS THE MEASURES USED TO POPULATE STANDARD SIX OF THE TEACHER EVALUATION INSTRUMENT AND INSTEAD USE SCHOOL‑WIDE GROWTH VALUES FOR TEACHERS WHO TEACH LESS THAN SIXTY PERCENT OF THEIR TIME IN END‑OF‑GRADE OR END‑OF‑COURSE SUBJECTS.
HB 439 ( Competency‑Based Assessments) is also worth one’s time to read. It is a bit vague, but the main thrust is as follows:
“It is the intent of the General Assembly to transition to a system of testing and assessments applicable for all elementary and secondary students that utilizes competency‑based learning assessments to measure student performance and student growth, whenever practicable.”
HB 673 (Modify Read To Achieve) also made it.
Unfortunately, HB 401 (Authorize Data Sharing for NCLDS) made the list. I’ve warned about this bill and the unprecedented sharing of student data it proposes. It appears a related bill, HB 767 (SB 560), did not make it.
HB 632 (Study Student Data privacy) also made it, but this study might come too late given other bills expanding data collection and sharing that are in the mix.
HB 13, which contains the invasive student health assessment form, did not make it. Score one for privacy! The battle isn’t finished there though, this form still exists and is still being used. Parents with rising Kindergarteners need to know they should not relinquish their parental rights by signing the consent panel. The legislature should be reviewing this form and taking action; it goes far beyond what the law requires.
One that I recently wrote about is SB 561 (Career and College Ready Graduates). From what I gathered from this bill, it looks like ‘Read To Achieve’ for Community Colleges. Remediation will now be known as ‘developmental courses’?
SB 546 alters requirements on Charter schools. The number of students served has been raised from 65 to 80 unless the school can show cause for a lower number. It also includes a provision that charter school applicants have to adhere to an anti-nepotism policy.