Legislature(2015 - 2016)CAPITOL 106

03/09/2015 08:00 AM House EDUCATION

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08:01:19 AM Start
08:02:25 AM HB80
09:05:26 AM Presentation: Research on Educator Quality and Quantity: a Project of Citizens for the Educational Advancement of Alaska's Children
09:40:50 AM Presentation: Superintendent Lake and Peninsula School District on Innovative Teacher Training/recruiting Program
09:59:36 AM Adjourn
* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
Moved HB 80 Out of Committee
+ Presentations: TELECONFERENCED
- "Educator Quality & Quantity: A Project of
Citizens for the Educational Advancement of
Alaska's Children" by Jerry Covey
- "Innovative Teacher Training/Recruiting
Program with UA" by Superintendent Ty Mase,
Lake & Peninsula School District
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
         HB 80-REPEAL COLLEGE/CAREER READINESS ASSESS.                                                                      
8:02:25 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR KELLER announced that the  first order of business would be                                                               
HOUSE  BILL  NO.  80,  "An  Act  repealing  the  requirement  for                                                               
secondary  students   to  take   college  and   career  readiness                                                               
8:02:49 AM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE LYNN  GATTIS, Alaska State  Legislature, presented                                                               
HB 80,  paraphrasing from  the sponsor  statement, which  read as                                                               
follows [original punctuation provided]:                                                                                        
     Repeal  of  College  and  Career  Readiness  Assessment                                                                    
     With  the  passage  of HB278  in  2014,  all  secondary                                                                    
     students must take the ACT,  SAT or WorkKeys Assessment                                                                    
     exam to  receive a high  school diploma, at  the States                                                                    
     expense.   The  change in  the States  fiscal situation                                                                    
     provides an opportunity  to take a second  look at this                                                                    
     funding, without impacting the classroom.                                                                                  
     Students that  wish to be eligible  for the Performance                                                                    
     Scholarship or college admissions  can still do so, but                                                                    
     must pay for the testing themselves.                                                                                       
     HB80  removes  the  mandate  for  student  college  and                                                                    
     career readiness  assessment, and in turn  allows State                                                                    
     spending  for  education  to  be  targeted  toward  the                                                                    
     classroom where  the greatest return on  investment can                                                                    
     be realized.   It also  takes an unfunded  mandate away                                                                    
     from the local districts.                                                                                                  
8:04:24 AM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE  SEATON recalled  that  previous to  [HB] 278  the                                                               
WorkKeys  Assessment  exam  was  a  requirement  for  11th  grade                                                               
students  with   the  score  listed   on  the  transcript.     He                                                               
acknowledged  that  the  curriculum was  established  to  support                                                               
students  not  choosing  to   attend  college,  which  represents                                                               
approximately 70 percent  of Alaska's students.   He inquired how                                                               
removing the WorkKeys  Assessment exam helps in  the classroom as                                                               
it  removes the  high score  obtained by  a student  that assists                                                               
employers in the competitive work force.                                                                                        
8:05:42 AM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE  GATTIS  responded  that  the  curriculum  is  not                                                               
necessarily  aligned   with  the  WorkKeys  Assessment   exam  as                                                               
different  school  districts  have  different  curriculum.    She                                                               
opined  that the  Department  of Labor  was  primarily served  by                                                               
administering the  unfunded mandate  test as  a high  school exit                                                               
exam and a certain score was not  required in order to exit.  She                                                               
argued  that the  test  scores  are not  on  the transcripts  and                                                               
businesses are not using it at this time.                                                                                       
REPRESENTATIVE  SEATON  asked  how  eliminating  the  comparative                                                               
assessment  will  gain an  employer  the  ability to  evaluate  a                                                               
prospective employee.                                                                                                           
REPRESENTATIVE GATTIS  suggested that an employer  speak with the                                                               
Department  of  Labor  should it  require  the  information,  and                                                               
reiterated that reports do not indicate any usage.                                                                              
8:08:33 AM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE REINBOLD  reminded the committee that  the ACT/SAT                                                               
assessments  are common  core  aligned, which  she  opined is  an                                                               
"expensive experiment."   Ten percent  of Alaskan  youth graduate                                                               
with  a four  year  college degree  and, she  opined,  it is  not                                                               
necessary for  all students to take  this test.  She  stated that                                                               
ACT/SAT should  be privately funded  and the parents  or students                                                               
be  responsible for  taking  these tests  as in  the  past.   She                                                               
pointed  out this  is an  approximate $600,000  fiscal note,  and                                                               
described the time for preparation  and tests taken during school                                                               
hours as a burden to the schools.                                                                                               
8:09:51 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR KELLER  asked whether  the districts  would have  option to                                                               
make the  ACT/SAT and WorkKeys  Assessment exam  available should                                                               
this bill pass.                                                                                                                 
REPRESENTATIVE  GATTIS replied  that with  the state's  budgetary                                                               
constraints she  would be surprised school  districts would offer                                                               
the tests  and would instead revert  back to how tests  have been                                                               
offered in the past.  It costs  [the state] money and the test is                                                               
being given  through the Department  of Labor, and time  would be                                                               
used wisely in classroom instruction, she noted.                                                                                
8:10:44 AM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE  COLVER asked  the  date  the WorkKeys  Assessment                                                               
exam program was introduced into schools.                                                                                       
REPRESENTATIVE GATTIS deferred to Representative Seaton.                                                                        
CHAIR KELLER opened public testimony.                                                                                           
8:11:15 AM                                                                                                                    
JAMES  HARVEY,  Director,  Employment Security  Division,  Alaska                                                               
Department of  Labor &  Workforce Development  (DLWD), [Available                                                               
to answer questions questions.]                                                                                                 
8:11:45 AM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE SEATON  referred to WorkKeys Assessment  exams and                                                               
levels  recorded,  asked whether  it  is  being utilized  in  the                                                               
MR. HARVEY  responded that  the Department  of Labor  & Workforce                                                               
Development  (DLWD) has  a listing  of employers  recognizing the                                                               
WorkKeys Assessment Certificate or  the National Career Readiness                                                               
Certificate that the [assessment exam]  produces.  He pointed out                                                               
that the  certificate is  used for  entrance into  employment and                                                               
into  the several  apprentice programs  throughout  the state  as                                                               
this particular assessment identifies  the "work ready skill set"                                                               
the applicants require to be successful in employment.                                                                          
MR. HARVEY, in response to  Representative Seaton, stated he will                                                               
forward   the  list   of  employers   recognizing  the   WorkKeys                                                               
Assessment Certificate across Alaska momentarily.                                                                               
8:13:29 AM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE VAZQUEZ quiered whether  the Department of Labor &                                                               
Workforce (DLWD) offers a student the test.                                                                                     
MR. HARVEY answered in the  affirmative, and pointed out that the                                                               
Department of  Education and Early Development  (EED) operates in                                                               
urban  and   rural  environments  throughout   school  districts.                                                               
Whereas,  DLWD operates  a job  center presence  within urban  or                                                               
sub-urban areas and, therefore,  the rural areas become difficult                                                               
to impossible for DLWD to accomplish, he explained.                                                                             
8:14:22 AM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE  VAZQUEZ   asked  [technical   difficulties]  that                                                               
individuals can take at the DLWD.                                                                                               
MR. HARVEY advised this is  the only work readiness assessment in                                                               
terms of  the broad base  of employers and  the uses it  is meant                                                               
for  through   ACT.    He   commented  that  job   centers  offer                                                               
assessments  for the  Transportation Security  Administration and                                                               
other governmental entities.                                                                                                    
8:14:50 AM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE VAZQUEZ asked the cost of taking exams at DLWD.                                                                  
MR.  HARVEY  answered that  the  Workkeys  Assessment exams  were                                                               
approximately $235,000 for FY2014.                                                                                              
MR. HARVEY,  in response to Representative  Vazquez, advised that                                                               
assessments  were  provided  to   4,837  individuals,  and  1,275                                                               
National Career Readiness Certificates were issued in FY2014.                                                                   
8:16:24 AM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE   VAZQUEZ    requested   the   purpose    of   the                                                               
MR. HARVEY responded  that the certificates assist  in creating a                                                               
qualified  resident workforce  and  offers  career and  technical                                                               
education opportunities  to students  necessary for them  to move                                                               
forward in the workforce in Alaska.                                                                                             
REPRESENTATIVE  VAZQUEZ  restated  her  question  and  asked  how                                                               
future employers used the  National Career Readiness Certificates                                                               
in FY2014.                                                                                                                      
MR. HARVEY  replied that the  three key areas of  the applicant's                                                               
assessment  are: reading  for  information, applied  mathematics,                                                               
and locating information.  He  pointed out that employers can use                                                               
the scores within its hiring pool for placement into employment.                                                                
8:18:05 AM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE  VAZQUEZ  inquired  as   to  the  distribution  of                                                               
individuals,  geographically,  taking   the  WorkKeys  Assessment                                                               
MR. HARVEY  advised he  will provide  the data  which is  tied to                                                               
geographic job centers across the state.                                                                                        
REPRESENTATIVE  VAZQUEZ asked  the  cost of  taking the  WorkKeys                                                               
Assessment exam at DLWD.                                                                                                        
MR.  HARVEY  answered   that  the  cost  of  the   exam  for  the                                                               
participant  is  zero  as  DLWD is  utilizing  federal  funds  to                                                               
connect and provide individuals assistance in applying for work.                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE VAZQUEZ requested the  amount of federal funds for                                                               
MR.  HARVEY advised  that in  FY2014 DLWD  utilized approximately                                                               
$235,560 for the application of this particular assessment.                                                                     
REPRESENTATIVE VAZQUEZ asked whether it was all federal money.                                                                  
MR.  HARVEY answered  in the  affirmative, and  stated it  is for                                                               
this  purpose and  connecting individuals  for specific  training                                                               
opportunities  to  overcome  training  as  a  barrier  to  direct                                                               
8:20:47 AM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE  SEATON asked  the  date  the WorkKeys  Assessment                                                               
exam was  put in place by  the Alaska State Board  of Education &                                                               
Early Development.                                                                                                              
8:21:34 AM                                                                                                                    
BARBARA HANEY, testified in support of  HB 80, and knows the test                                                               
of  adult basic  education  is distributed  throughout the  state                                                               
which is comparable to the  WorkKeys Assessment exam.  She opined                                                               
there  is no  need  for  college career  ready  assessment to  be                                                               
offered  by  the Alaska  school  districts  in that  DLWD  offers                                                               
testing  to   16-year  olds  thereby   allowing  two   years  for                                                               
corrective  action  if continuing  in  the  education setting  as                                                               
opposed to a GED or work career  track.  She described this as an                                                               
expense  for the  [school] system  and individuals  can take  the                                                               
WorkKeys  Assessment  exam through  DLWD  where  an employer  can                                                               
request a referral.  She stated  she did not envision the ACT/SAT                                                               
replacing the exit exam.                                                                                                        
8:24:18 AM                                                                                                                    
LORIE  KOPPENBERG,  testified in  support  of  HB 80,  and  urged                                                               
committee support as parents should provide for the ACT/SAT.                                                                    
CHAIR KELLER closed public testimony.                                                                                           
8:25:46 AM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE KREISS-TOMKINS inquired of  Mr. Harvey whether the                                                               
$235,000 in federal funds is  available to be repurposed to other                                                               
DLWD programs.                                                                                                                  
MR.  HARVEY  responded  that  the  funding  is  the  Department's                                                               
Federal Wagner-Peyser Act  funding that is utilized  for the base                                                               
operation  of the  majority  of the  job  centers throughout  the                                                               
state.  The repurposing of these  funds could be performed if the                                                               
DLWD chose to discontinue the WorkKeys Assessment itself.                                                                       
8:27:09 AM                                                                                                                    
PEGGY   COWAN,  Superintendent,   North   Slope  Borough   School                                                               
District,  testified she  is personally  in favor  of HB  80, but                                                               
that  the North  Slope Borough  School District  has no  official                                                               
position as  it has not met  regarding HB 80.   Conceptually, she                                                               
pointed  out,   providing  tests  at  schools   is  an  excellent                                                               
opportunity for  those not  close to job  centers where  they can                                                               
take the  tests.   She suggested that  taking college  and career                                                               
ready  tests  plus the  requirement  of  an additional  test  for                                                               
graduation is another  burden and perhaps a  barrier for students                                                               
to get a diploma.                                                                                                               
8:28:15 AM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE   SEATON    asked   when   the    district   began                                                               
administering WorkKeys Assessment to all 11th graders.                                                                          
MS. COWAN estimated seven years.                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE SEATON  questioned why  the Alaska State  Board of                                                               
Education &  Early Development implemented  the mandate  that the                                                               
WorkKeys Assessment exam be given in the 11th grade.                                                                            
MS. COWAN opined  it was to provide a measure  and an entrance so                                                               
students would have [the score] on  their record with a ticket to                                                               
assist in obtaining jobs.                                                                                                       
REPRESENTATIVE  SEATON  referred  to  the  program  in  place  to                                                               
determine whether  the 70 percent  of youth not going  to college                                                               
were  adequately  trained,  and  inquired  how  eliminating  that                                                               
program  would   be  helpful  in  training   and  offering  rural                                                               
residents access to the workforce in Alaska.                                                                                    
MS. COWAN opined  that this bill eliminates the  requirement of a                                                               
student to  take one of the  tests in order to  receive a diploma                                                               
in  that the  requirement  was on  the district  and  not on  the                                                               
student to graduate.    She opined the bill  is a better approach                                                               
than  requiring  an  individual accountability  approach  by  the                                                               
student and pulling  back on that issue would remove  a burden on                                                               
the student.   She indicated  the school could continue  to audit                                                               
the  test  and  she  would  appreciate  the  state's  support  in                                                               
offering the WorkKeys Assessment exam.                                                                                          
8:30:45 AM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE  SEATON surmised  that the  Alaska State  Board of                                                               
Education & Early Development could  continue to require that the                                                               
WorkKeys Assessment exam  is given to every 11th  grader and have                                                               
the money come  out of the school district 's  own budget instead                                                               
of one of the assessments being taken [for graduation].                                                                         
MS. COWAN replied  that if the Alaska State Board  of Education &                                                               
Early  Development  is going  to  require  it, she  expects  that                                                               
without adding  on further  band aids  it will  support it.   Her                                                               
understanding,  she   expressed,  is  that  HB   80  removes  the                                                               
requirement for  ACT/SAT and Workkeys Assessment  for the diploma                                                               
and suggested the  WorkKeys Assessment exam could be  given as it                                                               
was many  years prior  to the  2014 House  Bill 278,  without the                                                               
diploma requirement.                                                                                                            
8:32:39 AM                                                                                                                    
CONNIE NEWMAN,  Superintendent, Pribilof Island  School District,                                                               
testified in support  of HB 80 as the  information collected from                                                               
WorkKeys Assessment  is not  used to the  best advantage  for her                                                               
small and  remote village.   In  that regard,  she and  her staff                                                               
decided to not  implement the ACT and  WorkKeys Assessment option                                                               
for the piece required for a student's assessment.                                                                              
[Technical difficulties between 8:33:40 and 8:33:52.]                                                                           
8:33:52 AM                                                                                                                    
JACK WALSH, Superintendent, Craig  School District, testified his                                                               
school district  supports of HB  80, and expressed concerns  as a                                                               
former special education teacher  [technical difficulties] of the                                                               
residents and students.   [Technical difficulties] estimates that                                                               
approximately  seven   years  ago  people  debated   whether  the                                                               
graduation exam accomplished its  goals and how prepared students                                                               
were at graduation.   He described the exams  as important tools,                                                               
yet  at times  the  right  test was  not  used  for its  intended                                                               
purpose and  great errors were  made in judgement.   For example,                                                               
he  remarked,  Alaska  does  not require  an  ACT/SAT  to  attend                                                               
college  yet  requires  that every  youth  graduating  from  high                                                               
school  take the  exams.   He  expressed surprise  with the  five                                                               
pages of  employers interested in Workkeys  Assessment scores and                                                               
noted that  his opposition to the  tests [technical difficulties]                                                               
as the  opposition to continuing  the tests  has more to  do with                                                               
unintended consequences.                                                                                                        
8:37:41 AM                                                                                                                    
DEENA PARAMO, Superintendent,  Matanuska-Susitna School District,                                                               
testified in  support of HB 80,  and echoed Ms. Cowan  in that it                                                               
is a  need versus a  want.  She  pointed out that  she personally                                                               
has a  high school  student and did  not have to  pay for  an SAT                                                               
exam this year which was a gift  from the state, but the state is                                                               
in a  difficult time of  revenue.  Unfortunately,  she commented,                                                               
youth  did  not take  the  test  seriously  unless they  saw  the                                                               
outcome as  necessary.  However, in  Matanuska-Susitna assistance                                                               
will be  offered to  students that  require assistance  in paying                                                               
the $82.00 ACT/SAT or Workkeys Assessment tests, she said.                                                                      
8:39:51 AM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE VAZQUEZ  praised the low income  support and asked                                                               
how that will occur should this bill pass.                                                                                      
MS. PARAMO  replied that prior  to this year  it was a  choice if                                                               
the student  was going to college.   She offered that  within her                                                               
school  district  counselors  know  the students  and  there  are                                                               
avenues and  waivers to cover  fees privately with no  equity for                                                               
students, which includes sports fees and lunches.                                                                               
CHAIR KELLER  closed public testimony  after ascertaining  no one                                                               
further wished to testify.                                                                                                      
8:41:02 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR KELLER  commented "this was  not a  set up" as  the sponsor                                                               
was not  aware the  superintendents would  be in  town [technical                                                               
CHAIR KELLER re-opened public testimony.                                                                                        
8:41:48 AM                                                                                                                    
LES   MORSE,   Deputy    Commissioner,   Commissioner's   Office,                                                               
Department of  Education and  Early Development  (EED), clarified                                                               
that  HB  80 removes  funding  and  it  depends upon  the  amount                                                               
dollars left in the budget at  the end of session whether testing                                                               
in schools could  continue.  The Alaska State  Board of Education                                                               
&  Early  Development  seeks funding  for  initiatives  from  the                                                               
legislature  and the  WorkKeys  Assessment program  started as  a                                                               
statewide requirement in FY2009.   Last year 49 high schools were                                                               
considered  national test  sites  to offer  the  SAT, however,  a                                                               
statewide contract offering the SAT  to students across the state                                                               
opened up the ability for more  high schools to test.  Therefore,                                                               
this year the state is testing at  93 high schools.  Last year 40                                                               
high schools  served as national test  sites for ACT and  the in-                                                               
school testing program increased that  amount to 255 schools.  He                                                               
pointed out  that in-school testing  would go away because  it is                                                               
only available with  a statewide contract.  He  commented that 89                                                               
high  schools offer  both, in  that a  district has  a choice  of                                                               
offering the SAT,  ACT, or both, and students are  able to choose                                                               
either test.                                                                                                                    
8:45:32 AM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE COLVER pointed out  that the fiscal note indicates                                                               
a  cost  of $52.50  per  student,  for  a savings  $525,000,  yet                                                               
individually  the  cost is  $82.00.    He asked  whether  testing                                                               
companies could provide  the bundled cost rate  versus the higher                                                               
direct individual rate.                                                                                                         
MR. MORSE  opined that the cost  of the SAT is  $52.50 regardless                                                               
of a state contract.   In the event that is not  the case the EED                                                               
would advocate to the vendor for those costs.                                                                                   
8:47:12 AM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE  REINBOLD recalled  that  her  amendment to  House                                                               
Bill 278  removed the  ACT/SAT due to  the common  core alignment                                                               
and  the costs.   Further,  she commented,  that when  the Alaska                                                               
Performance  Scholarship are  evaluated  privately funded  scores                                                               
are  received, and  asked  whether the  state  would continue  to                                                               
receive those scores.                                                                                                           
MR. MORSE  advised that EED  has been receiving those  scores for                                                               
APS verification  and would continue  to receive those  scores to                                                               
determine the student's qualifications for the scholarship.                                                                     
REPRESENTATIVE  REINBOLD opined  that that  students should  give                                                               
their  permission for  the scores.    She quiered  as to  whether                                                               
there  is any  impact  to  the No  Child  Left  Behind waiver  in                                                               
repealing the ACT/SAT or WorkKeys Assessment.                                                                                   
MR. MORSE  responded that this  legislation would have  no impact                                                               
on  the  Elementary &  Secondary  Education  Act (ESEA)  at  this                                                               
point.   The number of  students participating in  the assessment                                                               
is used  in the Alaska School  Performance Index (ASPI).   In the                                                               
event this was removed, EED would have  to make a change as it is                                                               
used as  a college career  readiness indicator that  the students                                                               
are thinking about college and  careers.  However, no dollars are                                                               
attached to it  as it is part  of the school rating  system.  The                                                               
Alaska State  Board of Education  & Early Development  would have                                                               
look at  the rating system  and remove that  particular indicator                                                               
for college career readiness.                                                                                                   
8:50:16 AM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE  SEATON  questioned  whether   passage  of  HB  80                                                               
negates the Alaska  State Board of Education  & Early Development                                                               
requirement   that  11th   grade  students   take  the   WorkKeys                                                               
MR. MORSE  answered that it  would depend upon the  agency budget                                                               
at the end  of the legislative session.  He  added that this bill                                                               
does remove the  associated funding and he does  not know whether                                                               
money would be available to support the test.                                                                                   
8:51:07 AM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE VAZQUEZ asked for  clarification as to whether the                                                               
Alaska  State  Board  of  Education  &  Early  Development  could                                                               
proceed with the requirement through passage of HB 80.                                                                          
MR.  MORSE  replied  in  the  negative as  it  is  not  the  same                                                               
requirement in that  the bill repeals the mandate  that a student                                                               
must  take  the  test  in  order  to  graduate.    Prior  to  the                                                               
legislation  last year,  the Alaska  State Board  of Education  &                                                               
Early Development required all 11th  graders to take the WorkKeys                                                               
Assessment  exam   with  funding   attached,  but  it   wasn't  a                                                               
requirement for  graduation.  His  understanding of  Rep Seaton's                                                               
question  was  whether  the board  reinitiate  that  requirement,                                                               
which has  been removed, and the  answer is they could  "it could                                                               
be a  high stakes in  terms of requiring students  to participate                                                               
to graduate and the other question would be a funding question."                                                                
8:52:36 AM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE  VAZQUEZ inquired  what  provisions  are made  for                                                               
students  of  low economic  means  should  a student  voluntarily                                                               
choose to take the exam.                                                                                                        
MR.  MORSE  answered  there  is nothing  on  a  statewide  level.                                                               
Although, there  are some provision EED  helps administer through                                                               
vendors for  certain students to receive  a fee waiver.   He does                                                               
not  know the  number of  students as  it is  primarily performed                                                               
through  the vendor  offering fee  waivers.   It is  important to                                                               
understand,  he  explained,  that  the bill  removes  the  school                                                               
testing requirement from 205 schools  and, thereby, students have                                                               
no access for assessments.                                                                                                      
CHAIR KELLER  closed public testimony  after ascertaining  no one                                                               
further wished to testify.                                                                                                      
8:54:29 AM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE COLVER  offered support for  HB 80 and  noted this                                                               
is  the  time  to  access  these mandates  as  far  as  cost  and                                                               
effectiveness.    To  get  results,   classroom  time  should  be                                                               
supported,  and  removal of  this  assessment  will provide  that                                                               
opportunity, he opined.                                                                                                         
8:55:41 AM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE  SEATON reminded  the  committee this  is not  the                                                               
House  Finance  Committee and  to  approach  this bill  from  the                                                               
educational  aspect.   He  remarked that  70  percent of  Alaskan                                                               
students do not attend college  and enter the workforce but their                                                               
needs of  an education was  not being  addressed.  He  pointed to                                                               
today's testimony wherein a speaker  stated they are not offering                                                               
the  WorkKeys Assessment  and instead  are going  to the  ACT/SAT                                                               
which  are not  career readiness  exams.   He is  not opposed  to                                                               
removing the focus from college  bound students but he objects to                                                               
the  bill  removing the  WorkKeys  Assessment  portion which  the                                                               
Alaska State  Board of Education  & Early  Development determined                                                               
would assist the  70 percent of workforce bound  students and, he                                                               
opined, the  prior system targeted  educating everyone.   Passage                                                               
of  this  bill  causes  the  state to  lose  the  initiative  for                                                               
employable students at graduation and,  he pointed out, the state                                                               
is stepping backwards in education  without a WorkKeys Assessment                                                               
track.   He  said  he  is not  against  eliminating  the idea  of                                                               
ACT/SAT funding, but previously there  was a better target on the                                                               
majority  of Alaskan  students, and  he  is not  voting for  this                                                               
8:59:46 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR KELLER pointed out that  the Finance Committee specifically                                                               
requested   that   standing   committees  consider   the   fiscal                                                               
consequences of policy  decisions.  He opined that a  vote for HB
80 does  not equate  to a vote  against WorkKeys  Assessment, and                                                               
will be voting in favor of the bill.                                                                                            
9:01:17 AM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE  KREISS-TOMKINS testified  in  support  of HB  80,                                                               
acknowledging  Representative  Seaton's   concerns.    Downstream                                                               
effects  do  need  to  be  considered,  and  further  hopes  that                                                               
considerations  will be  brought  regarding  regulations and  the                                                               
70/30  rule,  waivers,  and mandating  training  the  legislature                                                               
instituted  over the  years  on  streamlining school  maintenance                                                               
9:02:37 AM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE  REINBOLD  moved  to  report HB  80,  labeled  29-                                                               
LS0184\H, out  of committee  with individual  recommendations and                                                               
the accompanying fiscal notes.                                                                                                  
REPRESENTATIVE SEATON objected.                                                                                                 
9:02:59 AM                                                                                                                    
A roll call  vote was taken.   Representatives Reinbold, Vasquez,                                                               
Colver, Kreiss-Tomkins  and Keller voted  in favor of  passing HB
80 out of  committee.  Representatives Seaton  and Drummond voted                                                               
against  it.   Therefore, HB  80 was  reported out  of the  House                                                               
Education Standing Committee by a vote of 5-2.                                                                                  

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
HB80_Full Text_Version H.PDF HEDC 3/9/2015 8:00:00 AM
HB 80
HB80_Sponsor Statement.pdf HEDC 3/9/2015 8:00:00 AM
HB 80
HB80_Sectional Analysis.pdf HEDC 3/9/2015 8:00:00 AM
HB 80
HB80 Fiscal Note EED-SSA 2-27-15.pdf HEDC 3/9/2015 8:00:00 AM
HB 80
HB 80 testimony.docx HEDC 3/9/2015 8:00:00 AM
HB 80
MindsetsBehaviors ASCA 2014.pdf HEDC 3/9/2015 8:00:00 AM
HB 80 Support school counselor.msg HEDC 3/9/2015 8:00:00 AM
HB 80
HB 80 support repeal.msg HEDC 3/9/2015 8:00:00 AM
HB 80
EQQ_Report_Feb27FINAL.pdf HEDC 3/9/2015 8:00:00 AM