Wisconsin Assembly passes bill to skip school report cards

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin state Assembly has passed a bill to ensure that scores on the statewide Badger Exam given to public school children this spring aren't used against teachers or put on report cards measuring school performance.

The bill that passed with no debate Wednesday previously cleared the Senate. It now goes to Gov. Scott Walker.

The Badger Exam was beset with a variety of problems that led to widespread criticism from parents, school districts, state policymakers and Walker.

Because the test is tied to the more rigorous Common Core academic standards, scores were expected to be lower than they had been in previous years. That, along with implementation problems, also raised concerns about how the results would be viewed and used.

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