ERIC Number: ED423293
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jan-30
Reference Count: N/A
Prohibition on Federally Sponsored National Testing. Report Together with Supplemental and Minority Views To Accompany H.R. 2846. House of Representatives, 105th Congress, 2d Session.
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
H.R. 2846, a bill to prohibit spending Federal education funds on national testing without explicit and specific legislation was referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Committee, having reviewed the bill, reports favorably on it in this document, proposes some amendments, and recommends that the bill as amended should pass. As introduced, H.R. 2846 amends the General Education Provisions Act and the Fund for Improvement of Education to prohibit Federal funds from being used to develop, plan, or implement (including pilot testing or field testing), or administer any national tests in reading, mathematics, or any other subject unless the test is specifically and explicitly provided for by law. An exception is provided for the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS). Because the National Assessment of Educational Progress is specifically and explicitly authorized in the National Education Statistics Act of 1994 it would be unaffected by the legislation. The Committee amends H.R. 2846 to add six findings: (1) that high state and local standards in core academic subjects are essential to elementary and secondary education; (2) state and local control is the hallmark of U.S. education; (3) each of the states already uses numerous tests to measure achievement, and these are based primarily on state and local standards; (4) Public Law 105-78 does require the National Academy of Sciences to study the feasibility of an equivalency scale that would allow comparison of existing tests, and this permits limited test development activity in fourth grade reading and eighth grade mathematics in fiscal year 1998; (5) there is no specific or explicit authority in current Federal law for the proposed federally sponsored national tests in fourth grade reading and eighth grade mathematics; and (6) decisions about national testing will be made through the normal legislative process. Majority and minority Committee member views and supporting information accompanies the report. (SLD)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
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Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Assessment of Educational Progress; Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study