Top Ky. educator praises tests, purchase unclear

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by AP

WHAS11.com

Posted on July 3, 2012 at 8:07 PM

   LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Kentucky's top education official says although he's praising new assessments that college testing giant ACT has developed for primary and secondary schools, it doesn't mean the state already decided to spend millions to buy them.

   A national news release from ACT, one of the nation's most influential education testing organizations, promoted their new tests and quoted Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday.

He is charged with implementing a massive reform of Kentucky education that relies on standardized testing to measure progress.

   Holliday said Tuesday his quote in the promotional release didn't mean the state had already planned to purchase the new assessments. Lisa Gross, a spokeswoman for the department, says Kentucky already spends $1.3 million a year on standardized tests from ACT to measure students' progress toward college or the work force.

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