CONFERENCE COMMITTEE REP. NO.112-02

Honolulu, Hawaii

, 2002

RE: H.B. No. 2353

H.D. 2

S.D. 1

C.D. 1

 

 

Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say

Speaker, House of Representatives

Twenty-First State Legislature

Regular Session of 2002

State of Hawaii

Honorable Robert Bunda

President of the Senate

Twenty-First State Legislature

Regular Session of 2002

State of Hawaii

Sir:

Your Committee on Conference on the disagreeing vote of the House of Representatives to the amendments proposed by the Senate in H.B. No. 2353, H.D. 2, S.D. 1, entitled:

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION,"

having met, and after full and free discussion, has agreed to recommend and does recommend to the respective Houses the final passage of this bill in an amended form.

The purpose of this bill is to:

(1) Require the Department of Education (DOE) to expand its statewide assessment program to include norm-referenced testing in reading and math as required by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLBA); and

(2) Appropriate funds to expand the statewide assessment program.

Your Committee on Conference finds that expanding DOE's testing and assessment program will enhance the effectiveness of the State's Content and Performance Standards. NCLBA is an expansive piece of federal legislation that, among other things, requires testing of students during specific years to help track individual performance, school performance, and system performance. Your Committee on Conference finds that to the extent possible, the expanded testing required by this bill should be financed through federal funding provided through NCLBA.

Upon further consideration, your Committee on Conference has amended this bill by:

(1) Deleting the appropriation section and specifying that the provisions of the bill shall be funded through DOE's general fund appropriation and federal funds provided through NCLBA; and

(2) Making technical, nonsubstantive changes for purposes of clarity and style.

As affirmed by the record of votes of the managers of your Committee on Conference that is attached to this report, your Committee on Conference is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 2353, H.D. 2, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Final Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 2353, H.D. 2, S.D. 1, C.D. 1.

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the managers:

ON THE PART OF THE SENATE

ON THE PART OF THE HOUSE

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NORMAN SAKAMOTO, Chair

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KEN ITO, Co-Chair

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BRIAN T. TANIGUCHI, Co-Chair

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NATHAN SUZUKI, Co-Chair