Hammond oversaw seismic changes in the state’s education system, including implementation of new standards, evaluation and a new testing system.
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State House lawmakers Friday advanced a bill to stream line testing, while Senators passed a school finance bill that whittles $25 million dollars from public schools large budget shortfall.
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All three men say there may be too much testing currently, but say legislative efforts go too far.
"We knew that if we put it on our school and we got the word around, then other schools would do it," says a student at Mackintosh Academy.
Activists say that about 175,000 students refused to take federally mandated tests last week.
The amount is also a far cry from the $200 million the governor asked for.
A closer look into some Colorado institutions found a more complex picture than fiscal irresponsibility as the list suggests.
The Colorado Department of Education didn’t have the numbers of students affected, but more than 34,000 students were scheduled to take the test Tuesday.
Tuesday, senators begin working out the details of a bipartisan update to the No Child Left Behind education law. The proposed revision would give states more control over school accountability.
Police made the arrests following a lockdown at Skinner Middle School on Friday.
The Senate Education Committee passed two bills aimed at addressing a public backlash against statewide testing.
At the Capitol and kitchen tables, Coloradans are trying to answer the question of how much standardized testing is too much. The latest test is called the PARCC.
The biennial survey that asks students a range of questions about sex, drugs, physical health and suicide has stirred controversy.
A bill was delayed that would eliminate state tests in 11th and 12th grades and make ninth grade tests optional.