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New testing bill fails in House

Assessments in schools will not change for next school year.

 

House members defeated Senate Bill 188, which revises certain provisions regarding state tests, on an 18-45 vote after House Education committee members passed it 12-2.

 

“I don’t think we’re getting comprehensive results,” Rep. Rebecca Reimer told her fellow Representatives during the bill’s debate on the House floor.

 

House Education committee members amended the bill to ensure results of the assessments were not used in teacher evaluations and changed Biology to General science.

 

The defeated version of SB 188, which was introduced after Senate Bill 24 was defeated, would have required high school students who have completed Algebra I, General Science and English III to be tested and set the testing requirements in English language arts and math, as well as science on a one-time basis, in grades three through eight.

 

ASBSD was monitoring the bill.

 

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