BILL NO. 19
4th Session, 61st General Assembly
61 Elizabeth II, 2012
Private Member's Bill
Early Development Instrument Assessment Program Act
The Honourable Karen Casey
First Reading: April 12, 2012
An Act to Require the Establishment
of a Mandatory Early Development
Instrument Assessment Program in Nova Scotia
Be it enacted by the Governor and Assembly as follows:
1 This Act may be cited as the Early Development Instrument Assessment Program Act.
2 In this Act, "Early Development Instrument" means the outcome measure of children's early development known as the "Early Development Instrument (EDI): A Population-based Measure for Communities" developed by the Offord Centre for Child Studies at McMaster University.
3 Subject to Sections 4 and 5, the Government of the Province shall establish a Province-wide program to administer the Early Development Instrument to every student enrolled in Grade Primary under all school boards in the Province commencing in the 2012-13 academic year.
4 Parents of students who are to be assessed under the program set out in Section 3 must be given the opportunity under the program to indicate in writing that they do not wish their children to participate and, where such an indication has been given, those children must not have the Early Development Instrument administered.
5 The moneys required for the purpose of this Act must be paid out of moneys appropriated for that purpose by the Legislature.
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