Colorado Legislative Council Staff
REVISED NO FISCAL IMPACT
(replaces fiscal impact dated February 3, 1999)
Rep. Williams S.
February 11, 1999
Lon Engelking (303-866-4751)
TITLE: CONCERNING THE COLLECTION OF DATA ON SCHOOL CLASSES THAT MAY PREDICT SUCCESSFUL STUDENTS.
Summary of Assessment
This fiscal note is revised to reflect an omission in the summary of the bill as explained in the original fiscal note. In cooperation with local boards of education, this bill would require the State Board of Education to collect aggregate data from each school district on: (1) core class size; (2) the number of at-risk students per core class, (3) the number of English language proficiency act students per core class; and (4) the number of special education students per core class. The bill defines core class as the basic skills classes of language arts and math. The data collection would cover kindergarten through third grade.
The bill requires the State Board of Education to report the information gathered to the House of Representatives and Senate Education Committees by January 15, 2000, and every year thereafter until January 15, 2004. The bill would be repealed July 1, 2004, unless acted upon by the General Assembly. The bill would take effect upon signature of the Governor.
Based on a sample of school districts conducted by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE), data availability varies between school districts. Most districts have class size by classroom data readily available, but data on the at-risk students, English language proficiency act students, and the special education students varies between districts. However, it is not believed that collection of this data would create a significant impact to any district. The cost of processing this data and reporting to the Education Committees would be minimal for CDE. Therefore, the bill is assessed as having no fiscal impact.
Department of Education