Gov. Hickenlooper also signed a separate bill ratcheting back social studies testing.
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Research is mounting that severe stress often associated with poverty affects children's brains and their ability to learn.
The report also finds that independently-run charter schools disproportionately use harsher discipline than district-run schools.
High school students from Littleton say the sheer number of tests they take limits teaching time.
No one is completely happy with the compromise bill, but House lawmakers signaled their approval for it in a voice vote Monday night.
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The tool, called EdPays, shows how much graduates of different Colorado colleges, degree programs and fields of study are estimated to earn after one year, five years and 10 years.
The bill would prevent schools and teachers from facing penalties if participation in standardized tests drops below 95 percent of students.
Hammond oversaw seismic changes in the state’s education system, including implementation of new standards, evaluation and a new testing system.
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.