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Colorado lawmakers take first step to ease testing burden for young English language learners

from Denverite

Colorado lawmakers from both political parties are seeking to undo a controversial State Board of Education decision that called for schools to test thousands of Colorado's youngest students in English — a language they are still learning. House Bill 1160 cleared its first legislative hurdle with unanimous support from the House Education Committee. The bill would allow school districts to decide whether to use tests in English or Spanish to gauge whether students in kindergarten through third grade enrolled in dual-language or bilingual programs have reading deficiencies. more

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