State lawmakers weigh two bills on curbing standardized school testing


Students at Centaurus High School in Lafayette protested the new Colorado Measure of Academic Success on Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014.

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DENVER -- Parents and lawmakers will be speaking out Thursday at the State Capitol, adding their voices to the heated debate over school testing.

There are two bills in the state legislature that are focused on testing and will be heard by the Education Committee on Thursday.

Senate Bill 233 requires the repeal and rewriting of certain state testing standards. Another Senate bill requires a major revamping of the state’s school testing system.

The subject of testing has caught fire not only in lawmakers but parents and students, who believe there are too many standardized tests and the testing takes time away from classroom teaching.

Many parents want the right to opt their children out of the testing without penalty.

But some educators and lawmakers say the testing is important because it helps measure students’ progress and opting out could lead to the loss of school funding.

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