Signed by Governor Bill Ritter on Tuesday, House Bill 1048 is the state's newest education bill. It gives the state a different way to analyze C-SAP scores by looking at how students' progress as individuals instead of as a class.
For years, the state has assessed students' C-SAP test results on the basis of if they are unsatisfactory, proficient or advanced. District 20 Deputy Superintendent Dr. Ken Turner says, that's about to change.
"What this bill does," said Turner, "is it allows parents and teachers to see whether students are making enough growth from year to year and that's a new piece."
Students would be asessed for longitudinal growth. For example, instead of assessing how this year's third graders would compare to last year's third graders, the state would look at how this year's third graders would improve as next year's fourth graders.
"I think it's a great idea," said Maria Raquepas, whose daughter attends D-20s's Academy International Elementary School. "It'll make it a lot easier for parents to understand where their kids really stand, and find out what's best for them in terms of their education plan."
Under the new system, each school would receive an annual report showing how its students did in reading, writing, math and science. It would also receive an analysis of where those students seem to be headed academically.
The state is waiting for an okay by the US Department of Education to use the system to monitor adequate yearly progress, as required by the "No Child Left Behind Act."