|Hawaii Considers New Approach to Data Policies and Procedures: A bill that would establish a Chief Data Officer for the state is moving through the Hawaii Legislature. The new role would be responsible for developing, implementing, and managing statewide data policies, procedures, and standards, and would facilitate data sharing across state agencies. Additionally, the legislation would create a data task force, lead by the new Chief Data Officer, to support developing new data policies. The bill passed the House Finance Committee unamended on February 20 and is pending further action.
Oklahoma State Board May Adopt Statewide Student Information System: Legislation moving through the Oklahoma Senate would require the State Board of Education to issue a request for proposals for a statewide student information system (SIS) this year. If the measure is signed into law, the SIS selected through the proposal process would be administered on a pilot program basis for two years before full implementation statewide. The bill is currently pending in the Senate Appropriations Committee.
Texas Legislators Propose Digital Portfolios for Elementary and Middle School Assessments: A bill moving through the Texas House of Representatives would establish a pilot program for grades 3 through 8 to measure student performance, in part, through digital portfolios. Digital portfolios allow students to submit work samples, including written and oral presentations, for consideration as part of evaluating knowledge and mastery. Under the pilot program, student performance measured through digital portfolios would be considered as a percentage of a student’s overall assessment for purposes of accountability. According to the legislation, which is pending in the House Education Committee, the Commissioner must select districts to participate in the pilot no later than August 1, 2020.