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Lawmakers Want Less Time Spent On Standardized Tests

Lawmakers on the House Education Committee have unanimously backed a bill that would cut in half the hours students and teachers need to spend on standardized testing.

Republican State Rep. Andrew Brenner of Powell says the bipartisan support for the bill shows parents, educators and kids have reached a tipping point when it comes to the time spent on tests.

“That has been a major issue - the amount of hours that have been taken away,” Brenner said. “I think the bill will help and I think we’ll get the support we need on the House floor as well.”

Brenner also backs a bill, and a provision in the House version of the budget, that would get rid of the PARCC tests. But that’s a bigger deal, since eliminating those tests could endanger $750 million in federal dollars that comes from the use of those tests as a requirement for No Child Left Behind.

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