Bill to reduce testing in schools blocked
By Steve Caulk
A bill to reduce the amount of standardized testing in Colorado public schools was rejected in the State House of Representatives May 5, 2014, despite best efforts by Senate sponsors Rachel Zenzinger (D-Arvada) and Andy Kerr (D-Lakewood) to move it forward into law.
Senate Bill 14-221 called for a reduction in standardized social studies tests administered at various grade levels, with estimates that the law would have saved $335,000 per year in administrative costs. The bill was also an acknowledgement of criticisms that Colorado students are currently subjected to an excessive number of standardized tests during their careers, and that those tests often detract from the time that students could otherwise spend learning new material.
“We spent months listening to advocates on both sides of the standardized-testing issue, in committee hearings, in our office, on the phone and elsewhere; and this was our measured response,” said Sen. Kerr.