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Senate Bill (H)

DIGEST

Students with disabilities. Provides that the department of education (department) must submit any guidance or recommendation to a school corporation or school that attempts to affect in any manner based on statewide assessment accommodations which instructional methods are included or excluded from the student's special education plan or program to the state board of education (state board) for approval. Provides that the department shall, to the extent permitted under federal law, provide the same text-to-speech, screen reader, or human reader and calculator accommodations to a student in grades 6 through 12 on every section of the statewide assessment program if Students with disabilities. Provides that the department of education (department) must submit any guidance or recommendation to a school corporation or school that attempts to affect in any manner based on statewide assessment accommodations which instructional methods are included or excluded from the student's special education plan or program to the state board of education (state board) for approval. Provides that the department shall, to the extent permitted under federal law, provide the same text-to-speech, screen reader, or human reader and calculator accommodations to a student in grades 6 through 12 on every section of the statewide assessment program if that accommodation is provided as part of the student's special education plan or program. Provides that the state board shall consult with one (1) or more individuals who specialize in special education as part of the state board's oversight of the development and implementation of the Indiana's Learning Evaluation Assessment Readiness Network (ILEARN). Provides that a student's score on the statewide assessment may not be the primary factor or measure used to determine whether a student is eligible for a particular course or program. Establishes the Indiana standards and assessment accommodation task force to review: (1) the accommodations provided for by Indiana's statewide assessment to determine if appropriate accommodations are available to accurately measure a student's learning; and (2) the possibility of separating the academic standard of reading comprehension into a separate reading academic standard and a comprehension academic standard. Provides that the department in consultation with the Arc of Indiana and Indiana Council of Administrators of Special Education (ICASE), shall develop a notice to parents of a child with a disability that explains changes being made to the statewide assessment that may pertain to the child. Requires that, on or before February 1, 2021, each public school, including a charter school or accredited nonpublic school, shall provide the notice to the parent during an in-person meeting where the educational progress of the child with a disability is discussed. Provides that the parent's right to have the student opt out of any applicable section of the statewide assessment must be discussed and eligibility determined during the meeting. Provides that at least one member of the state board shall be a licensed special education teacher or special education director. ... View more