Y = Yes, N = No, E = Excused, X = Not Voting

Senate Bill 5328

Creating a school grading system based on the accountability index. Passed the Senate on Wednesday by a vote of 26-23. The bill creates the School Grading Pilot Program for the 2013-14 school year. The state superintendent of schools must conduct the pilot program in five geographically diverse school districts, including urban, rural, large and small districts. The program requires the state Board of Education to use the accountability index to identify schools using the letter grades A through F, unless the school has less than 10 students: A for schools making excellent progress; B for schools making above-average progress; C for schools making satisfactory progress; D for schools making less than satisfactory progress; and F for schools failing to make adequate progress

Sen. Janéa Holmquist Newbry, R-Moses Lake: Y

Sen. Curtis King, R-Yakima: Y

Sen. Jim Honeyford, R-Sunnyside: Y

Sen. Mike Hewitt, R-Walla Walla: Y

Senate Bill 5242

Adopting new policies for the assignment of teachers. Passed in the Senate on Wednesday by a vote of 37-22.

The bill requires school districts to adopt a new policy for the assignment of teachers, which provides that teachers may only be assigned to a particular school upon mutual agreement between the teacher and the school principal. If an agreement is not reached, the teacher may be assigned to a temporary position, as a substitute, or as a support person in the district office. Lack of a permanent assignment after eight or more months becomes a probable cause for removal.

Newbry: Y

King: Y

Honeyford: Y

Hewitt: Y

Senate Bill 5587

Modifying statewide student assessments. Passed the Senate on Wednesday by a vote of 29-20.

The bill requires the superintendent of public instruction and the state board of education to implement the comprehensive English language arts and mathematics assessment developed by the multistate consortium by the 2014-15 school year. The consortium is using a federal grant to develop new language arts and mathematics assessments in grades three through eight and grade 11 that are aligned with the Common Core State Standards and test college and career readiness at the high school level.

Newbry: Y

King: Y

Honeyford: Y

Hewitt: Y

House Bill 1723

Expanding early learning opportunities. Passed the House on Wednesday by a vote of 59-38.

This bill creates a legislative task force and technical working group to study options for an accessible, integrated, high-quality and community-based early learning program for children and their families. It directs an expansion of the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program in fiscal year 2014. It also directs a 10 percent increase in Working Connections Child Care subsidies, effective Sept. 1, as well as a 5 percent increase for providers achieving level 2 of the Early Achievers program.

Rep. Matt Manweller, R-Ellensburg: N

Rep. Judy Warnick, R-Moses Lake: Y

Rep. Norm Johnson, R-Yakima: N

Rep. Charles Ross, R-Naches: N

Rep. Bruce Chandler, R-Granger: N

Rep. David Taylor, R-Moxee: N

Rep. Terry Nealey, R-Dayton: N

Rep. Maureen Walsh, R-Walla Walla: Y

Senate Bill 5237

Establishing accountability for student performance in the third grade. Passed the Senate on Wednesday by a vote of 35-13.

The bill provides that, beginning in the 2015-16 school year, if students score below basic on the third-grade assessment in English language arts, the teachers, parent or guardian, and principal must meet to discuss appropriate placement and intervention. The options include retaining the student in the third grade or promoting the student to fourth grade with an intensive summer program to prepare for fourth grade. If the student participates in a summer program, the student is retested and a second meeting is convened for the teacher, parents and principal.

Newbry: Y

King: Y

Jim Honeyford: Y

Mike Hewitt: Y

• SOURCE: WashingtonVotes.org, a free, nonpartisan website to find plain-English explanations of bills and a record of each legislator’s votes.