New Bill Targets Social Studies Tests

By Todd Engdahl

CHALKBEAT

With four weekdays left in the 2014 legislative session, a new bill on a hot topic has been introduced.

Senate Bill 14-221 would reduce the number of times the state’s new social studies tests are given to students in the fourth, seventh and 12th grades. The measure would cancel next fall’s 12th grade tests and put the elementary and middle school tests on a different schedule.

The measure would allow the tests to be given every third year in individual schools. Schools could ask for permission to give the tests more frequently.

The bill is sponsored by Sens. Andy Kerr and Rachel Zenzinger, both Jefferson County Democrats who are up for election this fall.

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