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2015 - 2016 LEGISLATURE
June 3, 2015 - Introduced by Senators Stroebel, Nass and Vukmir, cosponsored
by Representatives Thiesfeldt, Knudson, Gannon, Kremer, Quinn, T.
Larson
, Neylon, Knodl and Kulp. Referred to Committee on Education
Reform.
SB193,1,4 1An Act to amend 118.30 (2) (b) 3. to 6.; and to create 115.385 (1m) and 118.303
2of the statutes; relating to: allowing a pupil's parent or guardian to opt out of
3certain statewide examinations and providing information about mandatory
4pupil examinations.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under the bill, upon request of a parent or guardian, a school board, operator
of an independent charter school, and governing body of a private school
participating in a parental choice program must excuse a pupil enrolled in any grade
from 3 to 12 from taking any examination designed to measure pupil attainment of
knowledge and concepts (knowledge and concepts examination). Under current law,
upon request from a parent or guardian, a school board, operator of an independent
charter school, and governing body of a private school participating in a parental
choice program must excuse a pupil in 4th, 8th, 9th, 10th, or 11th grade from taking
the knowledge and concepts examination adopted by the state superintendent of
public instruction that is required to be administered to pupils in that grade. The
bill also prohibits the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) from considering how
many pupils enrolled in a school or school district have been excused from taking any
knowledge and concepts examination for purposes of the annual school and school
district accountability report published by DPI.
Finally, the bill requires each school board, operator of an independent charter
school, and governing body of a private school participating in a parental choice
program to provide the parent or guardian of each pupil enrolled in a public school

in the school district, the independent charter school, or the private school,
respectively, and to post on its Internet site, if any, a written summary of information
about certain examinations that will be administered to pupils enrolled in that
school.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
SB193,1 1Section 1. 115.385 (1m) of the statutes is created to read:
SB193,2,52 115.385 (1m) For purposes of measuring a school's performance and a school
3district's improvement under sub. (1), the department may not consider how many
4pupils enrolled in the school or school district have been excused from taking
5examinations under s. 118.30 (2) (b) 3. to 6.
SB193,2 6Section 2. 118.30 (2) (b) 3. to 6. of the statutes are amended to read:
SB193,2,107 118.30 (2) (b) 3. Upon the request of a pupil's the parent or guardian of a pupil
8enrolled in any grade from 3 to 12
, the school board shall excuse the pupil from taking
9an any examination designed to measure pupil attainment of knowledge and
10concepts, including any
examination administered under sub. (1m).
SB193,2,1511 4. Upon the request of a pupil's the parent or guardian of a pupil enrolled in
12any grade from 3 to 12
, the operator of a charter school under s. 118.40 (2r) shall
13excuse the pupil from taking an any examination designed to measure pupil
14attainment of knowledge and concepts, including any
examination administered
15under sub. (1r).
SB193,2,2016 5. Upon the request of a pupil's the parent or guardian of a pupil enrolled in
17any grade from 3 to 12
, the governing body of a private school participating in the
18program under s. 119.23 shall excuse the pupil from taking an any examination
19designed to measure pupil attainment of knowledge and concepts, including any

20examination administered under sub. (1s) (a) to (cm) (d).
SB193,3,5
16. Upon the request of a pupil's the parent or guardian of a pupil enrolled in
2any grade from 3 to 12
, the governing body of a private school participating in the
3program under s. 118.60 shall excuse the pupil from taking an any examination
4designed to measure pupil attainment of knowledge and concepts in grades 3 to 12,
5including any
examination administered under sub. (1t) (a) to (cm) (d).
SB193,3 6Section 3. 118.303 of the statutes is created to read:
SB193,3,13 7118.303 Notice of pupil assessments. (1) Annually, in each school year, on
8or before the first day on which a school is operated for the attendance of pupils, each
9school board, operator of a charter school under s. 118.40 (2r), and governing body
10of a private school participating in a parental choice program under s. 118.60 or
11119.23 shall provide the parent or guardian of each pupil enrolled in a public school
12in the school district, the charter school, or the private school a written summary of
13all of the following:
SB193,3,1914 (a) Each examination required under state or federal law that will be
15administered to pupils enrolled in a public school in the school district, the charter
16school, or the private school and each examination required by the school board,
17operator, or governing body to assess school or school district performance that will
18be administered to pupils enrolled in a public school in the school district, the charter
19school, or the private school.
SB193,3,2120 (b) The grade level to which each examination identified under par. (a) will be
21administered.
SB193,3,2322 (c) The expected date on which each examination identified under par. (a) will
23be administered.
SB193,3,2424 (d) The duration of each examination identified under par. (a).
SB193,4,2
1(e) The instructional time required to prepare pupils for the examinations
2identified under par. (a).
SB193,4,43 (f) The instructional time dedicated to administering each examination
4identified under par. (a).
SB193,4,75 (g) The school board's, charter school's, or private school's policies and
6procedures regarding a parent or guardian opting a pupil out of any examination
7identified under par. (a).
SB193,4,108 (h) The purpose of administering each examination identified under par. (a)
9and a description of how the school board, operator of the charter school, or governing
10body of the private school will use data derived from each identified examination.
SB193,4,14 11(2) If a school board, operator of a charter school under s. 118.40 (2r), or
12governing body of a private school participating in a parental choice program under
13s. 118.60 or 119.23 maintains an Internet site, the school board, operator, or
14governing body shall post the written summary under sub. (1) on that site.
SB193,4,1515 (End)
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