H.B. No. 2503
  relating to a technology literacy assessment instrument to be
  administered to certain public school students.
         SECTION 1.  Subchapter B, Chapter 39, Education Code, is
  amended by adding Section 39.0235 to read as follows:
  PROGRAM. (a) In this section, "pilot program" means the technology
  literacy assessment pilot program.
         (b)  The commissioner by rule shall establish a pilot program
  in which a participating school district assesses student
  technology proficiency.
         (c)  A school district may apply to the commissioner to
  participate in the pilot program. The commissioner shall select
  for participation school districts from both rural and urban areas
  of the state.
         (d)  The agency shall adopt an assessment instrument
  designed to assess an individual student's mastery of the essential
  knowledge and skills in technology to be administered by a school
  district participating in the pilot program. The assessment
  instrument adopted under this subsection must be an existing
  product that is currently available.
         (e)  Each school year, the assessment instrument adopted
  under Subsection (d) shall be administered in a participating
  school district to each student in either fifth, sixth, seventh,
  eighth, or ninth grade, with the grade level and time to be
  determined by the district.
         (f)  The assessment instrument adopted under Subsection (d)
               (1)  be administered online;
               (2)  be aligned with the essential knowledge and skills
  requirements for technology applications; and
               (3)  incorporate performance-based measures, including
  a requirement that students perform certain technological tasks and
  respond to questions based on the completion of those tasks.
         (g)  An assessment instrument administered by a
  participating school district must be designed in a manner to
  provide the district with an automatic report of the technology
  literacy proficiency of a district student in a format that is
  compatible with the school district and state data information
         (h)  A participating school district shall report student
  performance on the assessment instrument to the agency.
         SECTION 2.  This Act applies beginning with the 2007-2008
  school year.
         SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
  a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
  provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution.  If this
  Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
  Act takes effect September 1, 2007.
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
         I certify that H.B. No. 2503 was passed by the House on April
  19, 2007, by the following vote:  Yeas 138, Nays 1, 1 present, not
  Chief Clerk of the House   
         I certify that H.B. No. 2503 was passed by the Senate on May
  22, 2007, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays 0.
  Secretary of the Senate    
  APPROVED:  _____________________