Kentucky panel OKs alternative school testing

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Associated Press

Posted on February 25, 2014 at 11:01 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 25 at 11:01 PM

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A bill allowing those Kentucky school districts known as Districts of Innovation to develop new standardized testing models cleared its first panel Tuesday.

House Speaker Pro Tem Larry Clark, the bill's sponsor, says it would affect 10 Kentucky school districts.

Clark says the measure is an outgrowth of the 2012 Districts of Innovation law allowing schools to apply for waivers of regulation as they develop alternative curriculum models.

Clark says his bill builds on this by exempting those schools from statewide assessment testing and allowing them to develop alternative assessment methods that meet state standards.

The bill cleared the House Education Committee on a 23-0 vote. It now moves to the full House for consideration.

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The legislation is House Bill 424.

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