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Relating to requiring school districts to administer college readiness assessment instruments to certain students at state cost.
Estimated Two-year Net Impact to General Revenue Related Funds for HB 3820, As Introduced: a negative impact of ($14,537,756) through the biennium ending August 31, 2021.
The bill would make no appropriation but could provide the legal basis for an appropriation of funds to implement the provisions of the bill.
HB 3820 would require public schools to administer to each student who has taken an end-of-course exam for Algebra I, English I, or English II a nationally norm-referenced assessment, such as the SAT or ACT, at state cost for the purpose of fulfilling federal requirements regarding assessment at the high school level. This bill would also clarify that the authorization for high school students to take such a test once at state cost applies to students to whom such a test is not administered under the requirement imposed by this bill's provisions.
Texas Action remains neutral on HB 3820 because it does not affect our liberty principles. While we prefer the state not pay for these tests, it appears that federal mandates require it.