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Florida considers erasing part of public school testing law

Measure would eliminate 4 end-of-year exams

25. Corbett, Ore.: Corbett School
25. Corbett, Ore.: Corbett School

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida could push ahead with a dramatic overhaul of school tests under a far-reaching bill now moving in the state Senate.

State senators crafted the proposal together amid arguments over how much testing should be allowed in the state's public schools. The Senate Education Committee voted for the bill on Monday.

The measure (SB 926) would eliminate four end-of-year exams that are now required in civics, United States history, geometry and Algebra II. The legislation would allow school districts to use pencil and paper tests instead of requiring students to take tests online.

The bill also pushes back the date of when the state's high-stakes test is given to the last three weeks of the school year. Florida's main tests are now given anywhere from late February to early May.