2012 -- H 7413 SUBSTITUTE A
H O U S E R E S O L U T I O N
CREATING A SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE COMMISSION TO STUDY AND REVIEW STANDARDIZED TESTING PROGRAMS IN SECONDARY EDUCATION
Introduced By: Representatives Naughton, Morrison, Silva, Gallison, and Savage
Date Introduced: February 08, 2012
RESOLVED, That a special legislative commission be and the same is hereby created
consisting of eleven (11) members: three (3) of whom shall be
members of the
House of Representatives, not more than two (2) of whom shall be from the same political party,
to be appointed by the Speaker of the House; one of whom
shall be the
Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education, or designee; one of whom shall be the
Chair of the Rhode Island Board of Regents, or designee; one of whom shall be the
Commissioner of Higher Education, or designee; one of whom shall be the President of Rhode
Island, or designee; one of whom shall be the President of the Urban League, or designee; and
two (2) of whom shall be members of the public with experience in one or more of the following
areas, ESL, Special Education, Gifted and Talented, and/or English Language Arts, to be
appointed by the Speaker.
In lieu of any appointment of a member of the legislature to a permanent advisory
commission, a legislative study commission, or any commission created by a General Assembly
resolution, the appointing authority may appoint a member of the general public to serve in lieu
of a legislator, provided that the Majority Leader or the Minority Leader of the political party
which is entitled to the appointment, consents to the member of the general public.
The purpose of said commission shall be to make a comprehensive study and analysis of
standardized testing and assessment programs in relation to graduation and dropout rates and
Forthwith upon passage of this resolution, the members of the commission shall meet at
the call of the Speaker of the House and organize and shall select a chairperson from among the
Vacancies in said commission shall be filled in like manner as the original appointment.
The membership of said commission shall receive no compensation for their services.
All departments and agencies of the state shall furnish such advice and information,
documentary and otherwise, to said commission and its agents as is deemed necessary or
desirable by the commission to facilitate the purposes of this resolution.
The Speaker of the House is hereby authorized and directed to provide suitable quarters
for said commission; and be it further
RESOLVED, That the commission shall report its findings and recommendations to the
House of Representatives no later than March 28, 2013, and said commission shall expire on June