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Patterson says House-passed standardized testing changes will benefit students, teachers

May 14, 2015
Democrat Newsroom

State Rep. John Patterson (D-Jefferson) today applauded the passage of House Bill 74, which reduces the amount of time elementary and secondary students will have to spend on standardized testing. The former Jefferson educator voted in favor of the bill, which passed the House with a bi-partisan vote of 92-1.

“A well-rounded education that prepares students for college and life after graduation requires more time in the classroom, not more time taking standardized tests,” said Rep. Patterson. “This legislation helps ensure that our children are spending the necessary time learning the skills and gaining the knowledge necessary to succeed.”

House Bill 74 limits elementary assessments to three hours each, while high school end-of-course exams are limited to three hours per year. In addition, the legislation prohibits the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment from exceeding the length of one hour.

The legislation also eases the financial burden placed on families by standardized testing by prohibiting school districts from charging students for the administration of most exams. 

The legislation now moves on to the Senate for further consideration.