GOP lawmakers question ACT exam

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by AP

WHAS11.com

Posted on August 15, 2012 at 9:38 PM

   FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Some Kentucky lawmakers have expressed concerns about how evolution is taught to high school biology students.

   The issue was brought up during a meeting of the Interim Committee on Education in Frankfort. The Independent and the Lexington Herald-Leader report that some Republican lawmakers took issue with questions on an end-of-course biology exam that they said seems to require the teaching of evolution as a fact instead of a theory.

   ACT Educational Services vice president Ginger Hopkins said the test is designed to measure whether high school students are ready for college-level work. She said the questions are based on what college professors say students need to know.

   Committee chairman Sen. Ken Winters said the concerns were prompted by complaints from teachers.

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