Colorado school testing reduction signed into law



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LAKEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has signed off on two bills reducing the number of statewide standardized tests given to school children.

The governor signed a bill Wednesday morning to end some mandatory testing in early grades and late in high school. But the measure retains mandatory tests in language arts and math in 3rd through 9th grades.

The new law also gives local school districts the opportunity to craft their own student assessments. Fourteen districts from rural areas have told state education officials that they plan to craft their own tests.

The governor also signed a separate bill ratcheting back social studies testing. That measure allows social studies tests once every three years instead of annually.

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Online:

House Bill 1323: http://bit.ly/1JA6Eo6

House Bill 56: http://bit.ly/1JA9skY

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