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State senate okays measure to change testing of students




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The state Senate approved a measure Tuesday that would change the way students are tested for academic achievement in Kentucky.

Senate Republican Floor Leader Dan Kelly said the proposal is intended to begin a dialogue with House lawmakers about the type of annual achievement test that should be used in the state. The Springfield Republican is one of a growing number of political leaders who say the issue needs to be addressed.

The proposal, sponsored by Murray Democrat Ken Winters, calls for a test that would allow Kentucky scores to be compared to other states. It also would remove writing portfolios from the state’s testing program, known as the Commonwealth Accounability Testing System.

The Senate approved the measure 36-0. It now goes to the House for consideration.

Democratic state Sen. Tim Shaughnessy of Louisville said Tuesday’s vote shouldn’t be viewed as an endorsement of the legislation. He said the legislation is nothing more than a starting point for further discussions.

The Kentucky Department of Education and the Kentucky Board of Education issued a statement on Monday saying the state’s testing system needs to be changed.

The statement calls for tests that “provide valuable data for many stakeholders” about how Kentucky students are performing academically.

The legislation is Senate Bill 1.


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