The State Board of Education's adoption of the revised testing rule means fewer high-stakes tests for high school students in dual enrollment courses. This move supports Vision 2020, which supports lowering the number of high-stakes testing for students.
The rule amendment approved today includes language pursuant to Senate Bill 364 eliminating testing in grades 3, 4, 6, and 7 in science and social studies. It also includes language pursuant to Senate Bill 364 that adds, subject to appropriations, formative assessments in reading and mathematics to grades one and two. This language refers to diagnostic assessments that help teachers assess students’ progress, not high-stakes assessments at the end of the year.
“I fully supported Senator Lindsey Tippins’ bill, SB 364, because it reduces the number of state-mandated tests students have to take,” Superintendent Woods said. “With the passage of the testing rule today, we have integrated the SB 364 language, eliminating testing requirements in grades 3, 4, 6, and 7 in science and social studies, freeing schools to focus on literacy and numeracy in the early grades, giving students a better foundation for success.”
Testing Rule Amendment – Redlined
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