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Colorado lawmakers look to suspend state standardized testing

Alberto G.

DENVER, Colo. (KRDO) - A group of Colorado lawmakers introduced a bill that would suspend state standardized testing for the 2020-2021 school year.

Yearly standardized testing is required by both state and federal law to measure is students are meeting grade-level expectations. So, if passed, the bill would require a waiver from the federal government to suspend the Colorado Measures of Academic Success, or CMAS, testing.

Without suspending testing, students in third through eighth graders would be required to take Colorado's math and literacy exam. Students in fifth, eighth and 11th grades are required to test in science and third and seventh graders have to take a social studies test.

The bill would not affect administration of the PSAT or SAT tests for high school students.

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Brittany Wiley



  1. Are they worried that the tests would show a massive failure to pass the tests? Will it prove that schools need to reopen and that the kids have now fallen 1-2 years behind? Next they will lower the standards on the SAT & PSAT, the lower college admissions requirements. The dumbing down of society will allow the power brokers to control people and influence thought. Be careful what you wish for.

  2. “Yearly standardized testing is required by both state and federal law to measure is students are meeting grade-level expectations.”
    Shouldn’t that sentence read “to measure IF students are meeting” the expectations? The spelling and grammar in this KRDO article are a prime example of why we should continue testing. It is obvious that poor students continue to fall through the cracks.

  3. Simple. If we don’t test, we won’t know how badly our school system is failing. But, if we DO test, we will see how much more money is needed to educate our locked-down kids. I call that a lose-lose proposition. However, this “report” fails to mention a reason to suspend testing. Why?

  4. Why not just test half the students on alternate days. That would lessen the number of students testing per day but it would also lessen the stress level of the students knowing that they get the next day off after a full day of testing thus potentially increasing scores. There are plenty of positive possibilities other than suspending the test. Our children are the future… let’s make a way for them!

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