Attorney general: No testing waiver for Colorado school districts

Colorado school districts hoping to skip new state English and math tests are out of luck, the Colorado Attorney General’s office says.

Ten districts had applied for waivers from the first part of this spring’s tests. But Attorney General Cynthia Coffman issued a statement Tuesday that the State Board of Education does not have the legal authority to grant waivers.

"Nowhere in State statute is the [Board of Education] authorized to instruct the Department how to administer statewide assessments; how the assessments are to be issued, graded, or handled," Coffman wrote in her decision.