Colo. lawmakers kill bill to replace student tests

DENVER — Colorado students hoping to avoid taking hours of comprehensive tests every year are going to be disappointed.

The Legislature rejected a measure Wednesday that would have eliminated those tests and replaced them with assessments to find out what students know and what they learned during the school year. A diagnostic test would have helped teachers tailor instruction.

Rep. Judy Solano, D-Brighton, says the bill died because the Department of Education and Gov. Bill Ritter wanted their own school assessment program to replace the Colorado Student Assessment
Program tests, or CSAPs, that students are required to take each year.

She says thousands of students, their parents and teachers will be forced to continue taking tests that they all agree aren’t working.



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