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Reducing testing could surface in Senate ESEA debate

from Education Week

Think the debate about annual testing ended when House and Senate leaders introduced bills to rewrite the Elementary and Secondary Education Act that kept annual testing in place? Think again. U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., introduced legislation that would roll back the ESEA's testing schedule, which right now calls for assessments in reading and math in grades 3 through 8 and once in high school. Under Tester's bill, students would take such tests just once in elementary school, once in middle school and once in high school. He could offer the legislation as an amendment when and if the Senate takes up a rewrite of the law — possibly even before Memorial Day. more


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