(1) The Department of Education shall contract with a nonprofit entity to administer a nationally normed assessment, in collaboration with the department, to all students in grade 10 who are enrolled in a public school. The purpose of the assessment is to predict the success of students on, and provide practice for students taking, college entrance exams.
(2) The department shall base the selection of the contractor under subsection (1) of this section on all of the following criteria:
(a) The contractor must be able to provide to the department statewide data containing the results of the assessment;
(b) The contractor shall provide an assessment that:
(A) Identifies students with high potential to excel in advanced placement (AP) or other honors courses based on a research-based correlation of scores on the grade 10 assessment to advanced placement examinations;
(B) Examines students in mathematics, reading and writing; and
(C) Provides results that can be used by Oregonís higher education institutions to recruit students to attend college;
(c) The contractor must be able to supply schools with an item-by-item analysis of student performance on the assessment; and
(d) The contractor must be able to make available to each student taking the assessment a free career assessment and online exploration of colleges and career opportunities.
(3) Notwithstanding subsection (1) of this section:
(a) The department may allow the contractor to waive the assessment for specific groups of students; and
(b) Upon request from a student who is enrolled in a public school operated by a school district or the parent or guardian of the student, the school district shall waive the assessment for the student. [2007 c.858 §42]
Note: 329.488 was enacted into law by the Legislative Assembly but was not added to or made a part of ORS chapter 329 or any series therein by legislative action. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.
Note: Section 43, chapter 858, Oregon Laws 2007, provides:
Sec. 43.:RF8 The Department of Education shall enter into a contract under section 42 of this 2007 Act [329.488] to first provide an assessment during the 2008-2009 school year. [2007 c.858 §43]
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